By Olivia Mungwana.
On Sunday, 6th February 2022, Deputy President William Ruto arrived in the United Kingdom for a three-day visit, only one day after winding up his journey to the United States.
Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Manoah Esipisu, welcomed the presidential candidate for 2022 ahead of his jam-packed three-day program, which began with confidential bilateral meetings with the British government.
According to a release from his campaign staff, DP Ruto and his entourage will visit Whitehall and parliament, as well as engage policymakers, business leaders, and the Kenyan diaspora in the United Kingdom.
“Highlights of his public engagements include a conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury and a Marlborough Peace Dialogues keynote speech at the Commonwealth Secretariat,” the statement reads in part.
Despite the uproar surrounding DP Ruto’s visit to the White House, the announcement defended the visit.
“The WR Presidential Campaign registers our appreciation to the government of the United States of America for the time, courtesies and support afforded to Deputy President William Ruto, Hon. Musalia Mudavadi and our entire delegation during the visit to the U.S,” the statement reads.
“We thank Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Mary Catherine “Molly” Pheeand National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for Africa Dana Banks and their teams for hosting Dr. Ruto and his delegation at the State Department and at the White House, respectively,”
ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Narok Governor Josphat Nanok, his Kwale counterpart Governor Salim Mvuryan, and Kirinyaya’s Anne Waigiru are among those accompanying DP Ruto on his 10-day tour of the United States and the United Kingdom.
Senators include Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Elgeyo Marakwet senator, Uasin Gishu. Others are, Ndindi Nyoro (MP Kiharu), Kimani Ichungw’a (Kikuyu) and Alice Wahome.
The tour will also include aides and support personnel from the Office of the Deputy President, including Garissa Township MP Aden Duale, Kilifi North’s Owen Baya, Soipan Tuya (Narok), Vihiga Woman Representative Beatrice Adagala, and aides and support personnel from the Office of the Deputy President.