First Daughter Charlene Ruto has revealed that she updates her father, President William Ruto, on every trip she makes whether locally or internationally.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Daystar Alumni Day on Saturday, December 10, Charlene sought to clarify a number of issues noting that she is a highly misunderstood public figure in Kenya.
“We had a sit down with my father where I shared my vision and what I am doing and he really supports me,” the first daughter stated.
“I always keep him updated about the things that I am doing,” she revealed.
Charlene Ruto at Daystar University on Saturday, December 10, 2022
Charlene indicated that both the President and the First Lady, Rachel Ruto, are invested in her recent trips and are part of her trusted supporters.
“When your parents support you, it gives you even more motivation to do what you are doing,” she indicated.
Charlene also indicated that she understood that since she is from a political family, her frequent trips created a notion in people’s minds that she plans to join politics in the future.
She, however, denied the claim noting that her meetings formed a backbone of a different frontier of leadership away from political banter.
“For me, those things are secondary. Right now we have moved past the political stage.
“I also don’t need a title to lead. I can lead without a title,” the first daughter indicated adding that she had decided to take the direction of doing leadership through her foundation.
The First Daughter also refuted that her trips were financed by taxpayers’ money explaining that she relied on sponsors and defended her claim that she sold smokies at the university for income.
“Charlene Ruto Foundation has different donors and sponsors who have come on board, and I have also put in my own resources and so, we do not use government resources to carry out the activities that we currently do, and we don’t need to.
“It’s a true story, I used to sell smokies and kachumbari and I think my classmates and people I shared my dormitory with can attest to that, so I have an experience of what the Kenyan youth undergo in different circumstances,” Charlene indicated.
President’s daughter, Charlene Ruto (centre) and her entourage visited the Mohammed VI Football Complex – Maamoura on November 9, 2022.