Kenya’s President Dr. William Ruto will today address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting, in the United States of America.
This will be Ruto’s inaugural speech at the international stage. The meeting is expected to kick off this evening in Washington DC, and Kenya’s President is expected to address the world as from 9.00 (EAT). In his speech, Ruto is expected to tackle bilateral relations between the two countries, who have enjoyed a long-term rapport since time immemorial.
The President left Kenya on Sunday morning, en route to the United Kingdom for the burial of departed longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth 11, who was buried on Monday. From there, the head of state headed to the United States for the UNGA meeting – which is scheduled for today Wednesday, at night.
Those who accompanied the head of state are leaders allied to Kenya Kwanza coalition. He was accompanied by his wife Rachel Ruto and close allies like Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, MP Ndindi Nyoro, Chief Administrative Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ababu Namwamba, among others.
While in the United States, the President is also expected to hold talks with senior representatives of the American businesses, to advocate for increased trade and investment between the two countries.
There had been a small tiff between the two countries, especially when Kenya opted to ‘look East’, something that was construed to mean that the country would drop their erstwhile Western friends for Asian giants, like China. However, today’s meeting will be used to cement the ties that the two counties had hitherto enjoyed.
The last time that the current president was in the United States, he was there as the deputy President to the now retired former President, Uhuru Kenyatta. At that time, president Ruto could not enjoy stately privileges that befit a sitting head of state, including the security details provided by the host country.