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Ruto arrives in UK after controversial United States tour

Monday, March 7th, 2022 03:41 | By
Deputy President William Ruto (left) with Kenya’s High Commissioner to UK Manoah Esipisu at Heathrow Airport. Ruto is in the UK for a series of meetings. PHOTO/COURTESY

Deputy President William Ruto has arrived in the United Kingdom (UK) for a series of engagements for three days before returning home.

Ruto and his entourage, who arrived in London yesterday morning, were received by Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK Manoah Esipisu.

The Deputy President is scheduled to meet senior government officials, visit the National Counter Terrorism Centre and make an address at the Commonwealth Secretariat and Royal Institute of International Affairs-Chatham House.

He is also expected to engage Kenyans living in the UK.

Ruto’s Presidential Campaign Secretariat Head of International Relations Ababu Namwamba posted on his official social media pages that the Deputy Pressident will be at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury-London.

Accept outcome

On Friday, while in the United States, Ruto who is running for the Presidency said he would accept the outcome of the August 9 elections.

“I am a firm believer in the rule of law and will accept the outcome of the elections,” Ruto said during an interview at the Centre for Strategic International Studies moderated by Mvemba Phezo Dizolele.

But his US tour sparked a storm following his claims that the government was planning to rig the elections.

Ruto said there was concern among Kenyans about deliberate intrusion of State agencies to manipulate decisions of the people in the General Election.

But Raila’s ODM party dismissed Ruto’s claims, saying the DP was setting the stage to dispute the outcome of the August 9 polls.

ODM chairman John Mbadi said Ruto was crying foul by claiming the winner of the presidential election was predetermined.

“The signs are clear. The mountain (Mt. Kenya region) is shifting its support from Ruto. There is no way he is going to win this presidency. No wonder he has started speaking the language he is speaking,” said Mbadi.

In the interview with Dizolele, Ruto said he differed with President Kenyatta after the March 9, 2018 handshake with ODM leader Raila Odinga.

“Uhuru Kenyatta is my boss and my good friend although we have different points of view on matters to do with how we want to take Kenya forward,” said Ruto.

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