President Ruto jets out of the Country
By Peter Ochieng
President William Samoei Ruto is out of the country.
The Head of State left the country on Monday night for a three-day official visit to France and Senegal.
Earlier the president was in Kiambu County for the burial of Trade Cabinet Secretary (CS) Moses Kuria’s elder sister.
According to Hussein Mohamed, State House Spokesperson, Ruto will meet and hold talks with France president Emmanuel Macron on the status of key development initiatives agreed upon between the two nations.
“President Ruto’s visit to France is an important opportunity for both countries to strengthen their cooperation on key development projects and discuss regional peace and security,” said Mohamed.
After France, the president will head to Dakar, Senegal. He will be one of the keynote speakers at the Dakar 2 summit on Feed Africa: Food, Sovereignty and Resilience.
The summit has been organized by the Africa Development Bank (ADB).
“The summit is an opportunity for leaders in the continent to find ways through which Africa can meet the rising cost of living,” added Hussein Mohamed.
President Ruto, since being sworn-in, in September 2022 has visited various countries in Africa and beyond, in a bid to give his administration visibility abroad.
He has been to the United States of America (USA) twice, the United Kingdom (UK), Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia among other countries.
The president left the country shortly after opposition leader Raila Odinga demanded that he resigns from office, over claims that he was illegitimately elected.
Odinga claimed that he won the presidential contest, only to be rigged out.
In his response, Ruto said he fairly won the race, maintaining that he will not allow the ODM party leader to ‘twist his hand into a political handshake.’