THE International Criminal Court has given Deputy President William Ruto a one week adjournment to allow him to return to Kenya after the Westgate attack.
During the election campaign, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto had assured the nation that being on trial at the Hague would not disrupt their stewardship of the country.
And since their election in March, they have repeatedly assured the international community that they will continue to cooperate with the ICC, including attending their trials in the Hague when advise to do so.
Nevertheless being in the Hague clearly limits the capacity of the Deputy President to discharge his constitutional duties.
Everyone agrees that the trial must go on, either in the Hague or East Africa, and that will require the presence of Uhuru and Ruto more often than not.
But the ICC has now clearly decided that the demands of the nation on at least some occasions will take precedence over the schedule of the court.
It is good that the ICC has been sufficiently flexible to allow Ruto to return home. If they had not, the entire nation, even those who support the court process, would have condemned the ICC for being insensitive.
Quote of the day: "To have another language is to have a second soul." - Charlemagne was crowned King of the Franks on September 24, 768