President Ruto Meets Senator Chris Coons at State House
President Ruto held a discussion with United States Senator Chris Coons at State House, Nairobi on Friday morning. The Head of State shared the news of the meeting on X, expressing its purpose as the strengthening of the relationship between Kenya and the United States.
“Kenya is keen on enhancing its relations with the United States to expand trade and investment opportunities for citizens of both nations. This mutually beneficial partnership will extend to climate change mitigation efforts and environmental conservation,” President Ruto said.
The President also stated that Senator Coons acknowledged Kenya’s status as “one of the most dynamic democracies globally.”
“At State House, Nairobi, held talks with US Senator Chris Coons who appreciated Kenya as one of the most vibrant democracies in the world. Also discussed global security issues, climate change and the progressive path of devolution in Kenya,” he said.
Present at the meeting were Kenya’s CS for Foreign Affairs Dr. Alfred Mutua, and the United States Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman.
In the preceding week, Senator Coons engaged in discussions with Azimio leader Raila Odinga, with insider sources suggesting that the central focus of the talks was the ongoing dialogue between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio.
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The State House meeting occurred a day after Ambassador Whitman ignited a political controversy by publicly commending Kenya’s August 2022 General Election as the most credible in the nation’s history.
Her statements stirred dissatisfaction among opposition leaders, notably spearheaded by Raila Odinga, who criticized her and cautioned against interference in Kenya’s internal affairs.
During her address at the opening of the Devolution Conference on Wednesday, Ambassador Whitman voiced her perspective that the 2022 elections affirmed Kenya’s position as the foremost democratic nation on the continent.
“I arrived in Kenya days before the August 2022 General Election, and what I witnessed was nothing short of remarkable. Kenya held, what many analysts and commentators say, was the free-est, fairest and most credible election in Kenyan history,” she said.
In reply, Raila Odinga took the opportunity to express his thoughts during the Devolution Conference held in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County on Thursday. He reprimanded Whitman, saying her actions were interference in Kenya’s internal matters.
“I want to tell the rogue ambassador, leave Kenyans alone. If maandamano can lead to dialogue between Ichung’wah and Kalonzo, everything is good with maandamano,” Raila Odinga stated.