William Samoei Ruto

Willam Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto was born on 21 December 1966 in Sambut Village, Kamagut, Uasin Gishu, Kenya and is a Kalenjin Elder, one of the most prominent Kalenjin politicians.

In January 2006, Ruto sought the nomination of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) as its presidential candidate, but came in third in the party caucus behind the winner Raila Odinga.

As early as December 2006, Ruto, together with his co-acccused Henry Kiprono Kosgey and Joshua Arap Sang allegedly established a network with the goal of gaining power in the Rift Valley Province by committing crimes against supporters of the Party of National Unity (PNU).

After the disputed presidential election of December 2007, members of the network established by Ruto allegedly attached PNU supporters’ homes, killing and torturing civilians, and driving them from their homes. On 1 January 2008, they allegedly burnt down a church in Kiambaa with more than 100 people inside the church, killing 17.

Following the violent political crisis over the results, a power-sharing government was formed and Ruto was appointed as Minister for Agriculture. The Kenyan National Commission of Human Rights (KNCHR) accused Ruto of inciting, planning and financing ethnically motivated violent activity in the aftermath of the elections.

On 15 December 2010, the Prosecutor of the ICC requested Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC to issue summonses to appear for William Ruto, together with Henry Kosgey and Joshua Arap Sang, on the basis that there existed reasonable grounds to believe that they were criminally responsible for crimes against humanity, pursuant to article 7 of the Rome Statute.

Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC issued a summonses to appear on 15 March 2011. Ruto and his co-accused made their initial appearance before the ICC on 7 April 2011. The Confirmation of Charges hearing is scheduled for 1 September 2011.

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