PHOTOS: Uhuru, Ruto share platform at Nairobi peace meeting
President William Ruto and his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, November 28, met in public for the first time since the former's inauguration in Nairobi over two months ago.
The two leaders met at Safari Park Hotel during the opening of the regional peace talks meeting dubbed the third Inter-Congolese Consultations of the Nairobi Peace Process.
In photos seen by People Daily Digital, President Ruto and Uhuru interacted freely during the forum also attended by Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye.
In his address, the Head of State showered praises on Uhuru for his efforts to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
"I salute your credentials as you champion peace in our region," President Ruto said.
On his part, Uhuru emphasized the need for peace in the region, saying more effort is needed to end the war between DRC forces and M23 rebels.
"Having been to Goma and listening to stories of the suffering that people have gone through for so long, I'm more convinced that more effort should be spared in bringing peace and stability to the Eastern side of DRC," Uhuru said.
The last time Ruto and Uhuru met was on September 13, when Uhuru handed over power to Ruto at the Kasarani Stadium, after the latter's victory against the former President's preferred successor, Raila Odinga of the Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya coalition.
During the historic event, the Head of State announced that Uhuru had accepted his request to continue championing the regional peace process.
“On peace initiative in our region, in Ethiopia and the Great Lakes region, I have asked my elder brother President Uhuru Kenyatta who has done commendedable engagement with those regions and he has graciously agreed to continue chairing those discussions,” President Ruto said.
The meeting in Nairobi is a follow-up to the Inaugural Inter-Congolese Peace Consultation (Nairobi I) that was held in April 2022; the Second Inter-Congolese Peace Consultations, a scoping and mapping mission in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu (Nairobi II) which took place in May 2022 in the DRC.
The meetings culminated in the 22nd Ordinary Summit of the East African Community Heads of State and Government, which appointed Uhuru as the East African Community (EAC) facilitator of the Nairobi Peace Process.
Nairobi III comes after the official visit of the retired President to Bujumbura on November 4, 2022, where he met with President Ndayishimiye, the Chairperson of the East African Community Summit and to Kinshasa and Goma, DRC.