Inside Ruto’s three high-profile meetings held on Monday
By Joshua Khisa
President William Ruto has always been known to be a man full of energy and with the ability to hold multiple meetings in a day.
This is a trait that clearly came out during the run-up to the 2022 general election where he would address up to 10 rallies on a single day.
On numerous occasions, the President has also been able to grace early morning – something his predecessors rarely did.
On Monday, Ruto had four meetings – all of which involved high-profile visitors.
A look at the President’s official X handle indicates that his day started off at the State House, Nairobi, with a visit by a delegation led by British High Commissioner to Kenya Neil Wigan.
It comes ahead of the anticipated ahead of the State Visit by King Charles III.
“Kenya is honoured that King Charles III and Queen Camilla have chosen our country for their first visit to a Commonwealth nation. This choice is testament to the depth of our relations and the mutual beneficial nature of our partnerships,” Ruto said in a post on X.
“The visit is a significant opportunity to enhance our collaboration in various areas of shared interest,” he added.
Later, the head of state held talks with the Austrian Federal Minister for Labour and Economy Dr Martin Kocher. During the meeting, Ruto says he invited the Austrian business community to explore investment opportunities in ICT, Special Economic Zones, water and health sectors.
“Kenya values its close bilateral ties with Austria. We are keen on leveraging our warm relations to increase trade volumes, expand markets for our agricultural products and enhance labour migration,” the President said.
The day was not done yet as Ruto would later meet the Japanese ambassador to Kenya Ken Okaniwa.
Okaniwa delivered a message from Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and apprised Ruto on next year’s official visit to Japan.
“Kenya and Japan are celebrating 60 years of diplomacy, friendship and partnership. We share a long history of trade, cordial relations and strong cooperation,” the President said.
He added that Kenya was grateful for Japan’s funding of infrastructure projects in health, agriculture and education among them a high-tech laboratory/facility upgrade at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the Southern by-pass in Mombasa and an intelligent transport system in Mombasa County.
The meetings were attended by the Prime Cabinet Secretary who is also the Foreign Affairs CS Musalia Mudavadi among others.