Kenya Rights Group Denies Claims

The chairperson of the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has dismissed as preposterous accusations her organization bribed and coached witnesses to implicate suspended Higher Education minister William Ruto in the 2008 post-election violence.Florence Simbiri-Jaoko said  her organization has no interest in implicating anyone in Kenya’s post-election violence that led to the deaths of at least 1,300 people.“All we did was to receive information, analyze such information in regards all the things that happened. So, we received information from individuals, as well as (looking) at various sources. So, we don’t even have the capacity to bribe.”

At a news conference, Ruto, suspended last month for alleged corruption, accused an official of the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights of coaching and paying witnesses to link him to the election violence.Local media quoted Ruto as accusing Hassan Omar, then the vice president of the KNCHR, of being behind what he said was the scheme to implicate him as one of the masterminds of the post-election violence.“Has Mr. Hassan Omar been paying those so-called witnesses money? Did he promise them that they will live in foreign capitals? Let him tell Kenyans how much money he has been paying them and what is the source of the money,” asked Ruto.