Rigathi in Charge as Ruto Flies to the US
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua will be in charge as President William Ruto jets out of the country on a mission to USA.
In a statement released on Monday, December 12, State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohammed announced that the state visit would last three days.
The Spokesperson explained that the Head of State will be attending the US-Africa Leaders Summit, where he is also expected to give a keynote speech.
President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel meet US President Joe Biden at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77) in New York, USA on September 23, 2022.
“The President will deliver a statement on ‘The Future of Africa’s Trade and Investment Relations with the US’, and address the summit on partnering in Agenda 2063, and specifically on a ‘Peaceful and Secure Africa’,” the statement read in part.
Hussein further explained that the summit will give an opportunity for African leaders to shape the continent’s partnership with the US in a range of sectors including trade, the economy, security and political relations.
Ruto will also hold discussions with American President Joe Biden to bolster the support and recovery measures it offers to Africa in the phase of global health pandemics and the climate change crisis.
The continental heads of government will also push for the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
In addition, the head of state would engage in bilateral talks with President Biden’s administration touching on economic ties, regional peace, security and multilateral co-operation.
“Ruto will advocate the conclusion of the Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement and support African countries’ push to expand US-Africa trade relations through the renewal of AGOA,” Mohamed explained.
The departure comes just days after former Prime Minister also left the country for the US tour.
In a statement released by his communications team, Odinga will also be attending the US-African Leaders Summit in his capacity of AU High Representative for Infrastructure development.
He will lead talks on promoting investment infrastructure and attaining just energy transition.
Photo collage between President William Ruto and Azimio Principal Raila Odinga
State House and Raila Odinga