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Interview: Hon William Ruto and ICC

Posted by African Press International on September 5, 2011

Interview by Chief editor API

Honourable William Samoei Ruto is the member of parliament for Eldoret North Constituency. He has represented the constituency for over 15 years in parliament.

Ruto says he wants to lead Kenya. He has already declared his intention to run for the presidency and will soon popularise his agenda around the country. When asked what his vision for the country is, Ruto says he is the right man because he understand the needs of the Kenyan people.

To him, the youth is a great asset for the country because of their potential. During the interview, Ruto displays no worries about the ongoing ICC process against him. He says, he is not worried because he is innocent of all charges that has been brought against him by Mr Moreno Ocampo. His focus is on the coming presidential campaign.

Kenya Presidential Candidate Hon. William Ruto speaks to Korir of African Press International – ICC-Hague

He considers himself a very able leader ready to deliver services to the Kenyan people. Ruto says he will work with any like-minded politicians to take the country forward.

When asked why he thinks he is the right person to lead the country, Ruto does not hesitate in responding, an indication that he is sharp and of sound mind. He tells API that he wants to serve the people, emphasising on the importance thatany person who wants leadership must understand the needs of the people.

Ruto says he is a performer. He knows what to do when given a job to do. In reference to his time as the Minister of Agriculture, Ruto says his Ministry was rated the best in performance by the monitoring unit in the office of the Prime Minister. And when he moved to the ministry of Higher Education, Ruto says he changed so many things that now serves to uplift Kenya’s standard of education.

Interview

During the interview, Hon. Ruto had a lot in his heart to share with Kenyans and the International community, saying he wants the Kenyan people to know that he is ready to serve them, and he will do so diligently.

Interview – Part 1.

Interview – Part 2

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5 Responses to “Interview: Hon William Ruto and ICC”

  1. ruto you have the abilility to defend ur self and all kenyans continue to so

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  2. the truth meter

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  3. temba, said

    i pray 4 them

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  4. Mr. Otwoma,

    I wish if you could make the real purpose of your comment clearer. Are you condemning the confirmation hearings now ongoing at the Hague as you are sure the evidence the prosecution is presenting is inadequate? Or are you enumerating Kibaki’s plus points that may contribute to his legacy? Sorry, I don’t see how these two lines can meet anywhere.

    If you said, the people accused of perpetrating the PEV of 07/08 were best tried in Kenya, I would call your argument noble. But, may I ask you whether you think the atrocious actions are worth looking into to deliver justice to well over 1300 dead, and close to 500,000 including children and handicapped, maimed, pillaged, raped and uprooted from their homes, most of who are still refugees in their own country living in hellish conditions?

    You say Okambo compromised the KNHRC, Civil society groups, and Justice Waki (you forgot Annan) to accuse innocent Kenyans of the crimes. If you are sure they are innocent, you please tell us who else could that be capable of taking a nation of 42 million people to the precipice of hell. Kenyans know who precipitated it, and they are the ones who suffered. Who else can point out the offenders in an identity parade?

    If I respond to the purported achievements marked A to D above of Kibaki regime, we will need several pages. The road network has improved from the times of yore, but there is nothing to celebrate, yet, going by the prevalence of accidents happening as well built and maintained roads do not claim so many lives. So much for that.

    I don’t really get what you mean by ‘new education systems’. One thing is certain; our education system is in shambles. There isn’t enough infrastructure and personnel. Advance strategic planning is abysmally absent. Graft rules the roost, presided over by the minister himself.

    Health systems are nothing to write home about. Go to any public health utility and see for yourself. KNH was begging assistance from well wishers the other day when a hundred or so people had to be admitted with burns. That alone shows how well equipped are our national hospitals. There also corruption eats into the megre financial allocations.

    You wish to give the devil his due. Fine, because I agree Ruto was an able minister in the Agriculture and the Higher Education portfolios. However, it’s better to remember that the infamous Maize Scandal is enough to trash any good work he did in the ministry. The buck stops with him.

    We can’t wish the ICC process away. Either the 6 gentlemen will return home free or be required to stand trial. This was brought about by the culprits themselves, who thought the process would take at least 5 years enough to finish one term as president/deputy president/minister/governor/senator/MP. That’s why they scoffed at Kibaki and Raila’s pleadings for a local tribunal and cried, “dont’ be vague, let’s go Hague”. And really they go there now!

    This is not to say a local tribunal is unnecessary now; actually it is. The remaining top guns responsible for the PEV must be tried here. The ICC and the local tribunal will send an unmistakable message to the impunity barons and render our future more peaceful.

    The ICC is a reality like the Sun rising in the east, everyday. No one is going to pretend that the Sun doesn’t exist.

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  5. Anonymous said

    PRESS STATEMENT.

    THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER

    The Kenya Human Rights Commission, the Civil Agencies , individuals who are not serving the purpose intended for needy people has leaders, serve their ” MASTERS”= “EDUCATE YOURSELF ON NATIONAL ISSUES THAT AFFECT YOUR FAMILY. THEN, “TAKE ACTION.”STAND UP FOR LEADERS WHO THEIR INTERESTS ARE FOR THE PEOPLE LIVING BELOW POVERTY:= SENIORS,YOUTHS,WIDOWS, WIDOERS,PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES” ETC.

    We need to move forward with our country EDUCATING OUR YOUTH WHAT WE NEED. pointing fingers without solutions will NOT solve any thing. If we can’t repsect the rule of law, we will always be seen as irresponsible KENYANS CITIZENS. We will never move forward with EVIDENCE Chief Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo, presented before the court. innocent people who are being persecuted for political gain.

    The Kenya National Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Watch,Waki reports and Private Civil Agencies have been compromised by Chief Moreno Ocampo and the WESTERN masters to take back. About [42,000,000 people] Forthy Two million Kenyan Citizens to slavery. These groups totally will NOT stand for any achievement in Kenya i.e

    A] – President Kibaki ‘s Roads net work in KENYA is good four Kenya. etc
    B]- New Education systems in place etc
    C] – Health systems in place etc
    D] – Hon. Ruto did very well while in Ministry of Education and Agriculture etc.

    The Forthy Two million Kenyan Citizens know what happened and they stand with the truth that justice will be done. We know most of us we are very painful and confused for what happened but the above groups will not settle the abuser’s aggressive behaviour of stressful costant pain. ONLY KENYANS FOR KENYA WILL DO.

    Their mission is to force the LAW creating room for them.

    HARUN OTWOMA

    PATRON – people living with disability in Kenya.

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