Eldoret North MP William Ruto says he is capable of running the country while attending to the International Criminal charges facing him at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
The MP said the impending trial will neither interfere nor stop his ability to govern the country. “I have no problem reporting to the Hague when required and running the affairs of Kenya,” he said yesterday.
The former minister told journalists at his home that advances in technology have made it easy for people to work from anywhere in the world. “This is an ICT world. I can do many things on the Internet to ensure Kenya is running while I attend to my cases in the Hague,” he said.
ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, who is currently visiting Kenya, told the media on Monday that Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta will not get any respite over the charges even if they win the next elections.
She said the trials will continue irrespective of the outcome of the elections adding that the ICC judges have substantial evidence against the two.
Yesterday, Ruto said there was nothing knew in Bensouda message. He said everyone has known that the trials will coincide with the dates of the elections.
“Presidents go to court and answer charges. As president I will go to the Hague. The trial will not affect or stop me from doing my job as president,” he said.
Speaking when he received 22 councillors from Samburu who defected to URP, Ruto told the IEBC to stop shifting responsibility and advancing excuses for the fiasco in the procurement of BVR kits.
“The clear message to IEBC is that they are an independent commission secured in the constitution. They do not need concurrence of anyone to do anything.”
Ruto, who is also the leader of URP, cautioned the IEBC against running away from their responsibility warning that it was an affront to the people if the elections date are shifted beyond March 4, 2013. Ruto advised the IEBC chairman Isack Hasan to consider manual voter registration if the delivery of BVR kits prove a herculean task.