William Ruto, the suspended Kenyan higher education minister, said he will meet the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, which is investigating post-election violence in the country.
Ruto left Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, last night for the meeting in The Hague. “I asked for an appointment” with Luis Moreno-Ocampo, he said in remarks aired on NTV, a broadcaster owned by Nation Media Group. He didn’t elaborate.
Ruto is among 10 individuals Moreno-Ocampo wrote to requesting a meeting because their names are mentioned in statements by witnesses about clashes in the East African nation between December 2007 and February 2008, the Nairobi-based Daily Nation newspaper reported today.
The fighting was triggered by a December 2007 vote that returned President Mwai Kibaki to office and which his political rival, Raila Odinga, said was rigged. The bloodshed ended with the signing of a power-sharing accord, brokered by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, that left Kibaki as president and installed Odinga as prime minister.
In May, Moreno-Ocampo said he would present cases against six Kenyans by the end of the year. On March 31, the court’s pre-trial chamber authorized Moreno-Ocampo to pursue investigations into crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the conflict.
Ruto temporarily relinquished his post on Oct. 19 pending the conclusion of a fraud case involving the sale of land to a state-owned company. He denies any involvement.
Ruto plans to form a new political party for which he’ll run for the Kenyan presidency in elections scheduled for 2012, the Standard reported on Nov. 1.