Ruto Drives Self To KICC In Electric Car [VIDEO]

The Head of State shared a live two-minute video of himself driving a two-seater MG Comet with a mustard-yellow exterior to KICC

Ruto Drives Self To KICC In Electric Car [VIDEO]
President William Ruto drives himself to KICC on Sunday, September 3, 2023. /PCS

President William Ruto on Sunday, September 3 took advantage of the Sunday driving scene in Nairobi by driving himself to the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in a tiny electric car.

The Head of State shared a live two-minute video of himself driving a two-seater MG Comet with a mustard-yellow exterior to KICC where he is currently engaging the youths ahead of the three-day Africa Climate Summit.

The President was flanked by an all-electric motorcade consisting of one security motorcycle and two electric vehicles, a departure from usual security protocol which sees him flanked by no less than 10 cars and five security motorcycles.

State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohammed revealed that Ruto went for the unpopular choice of driving electric and amongst Kenyan motorists, as a way of showing that he is committed to adopting electric vehicles.

Here is the video:

"President Ruto leads by example, driving himself to KICC in an electric car and an all-electric motorcade to connect with Africa's Youth on their climate declaration ahead of the Africa Climate Summit tomorrow," Hussein stated.

Nairobi, Kenya's capital, is hosting the summit aimed at driving and creating awareness for green growth and climate finance solutions for Africa and the world.

Climate change has hugely been attributed to fossil fuel which vehicles run on and whose emissions have contributed to global warming; green energy has thus been vouched for.

In his engagements with the youths, Ruto reiterated the need for the African populace to leverage agriculture to create wealth besides mitigating the after-effects of fossil fuel emissions.

The summit will hugely centre on adaptation, resilience, and other natural measures toward climate change and its adversities. About 30,000 delegates are slated to grace the event.

On Saturday, September 2, Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen assessed the preparations at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) ahead of the international arrivals.

Meanwhile, security was heightened ahead of the Africa Climate Summit and Africa Climate Week 2023 scheduled for September 4 to 8, with multi-agency teams spending Saturday running a full simulation test of various events.

The security protocols and logistics were subjected to a full simulation test, which featured a dry-run of the arrival of dignitaries at JKIA and movement to Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

Others included activities at the main venue, emergency responses, as well as the general flow of traffic and crowd control measures.

Internal Security Principal Secretary (PS) Raymond Omollo outlined that Nairobi City has been zoned for ease of security management, with Harambee Avenue, Parliament Road, City Hall Way, and Taifa Road and the adjacent buildings marked “Red”.

“Those working within this zone will be required to produce their employee badges and official identification documents at the police barriers,” he stated, adding that police officers and marshals will be available to provide direction on the movement and flow of people and vehicles into and out of the city.

A multi-agency security team of about 4,000 officers has been deployed to secure the venue of the event and provide the delegates with the required logistical support before, during and after the Summit.

The team comprises personnel from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), the General Service Unit (GSU), General Duty Police Officers as well as the National Youth Service (NYS).

Nairobi Regional Police Commander, Adamson Bungei called on motorists to avoid inconvenience by using alternative routes which include the Eastern Bypass, Wangari Maathai Road, Outer Ring Road as well and the Southern Bypass.

The police listed Valley Road, Lusaka Road, Haile Selassie Avenue and University Way as alternative routes for accessing the CBD.

At least 17 Heads of State and Government, including the UN Secretary-General António Guterres are among high-ranking dignitaries who have confirmed attendance.

PS Omollo being briefed by KDF personnel at JKIA in preparation for the Climate Summit on September 2, 2023. /THE STAR