Ruto Flies Out To Tanzania For High-Level EAC Meeting
Earlier, while speaking during the Joyful Women 14th-anniversary celebrations at Kasarani, the Head of State revealed that he would attend the EAC meeting on integration.
President William Ruto has landed in Tanzania after flying out of Kenya for an official visit to Arusha.
Photos shared by East African Community (EAC) Affairs Principal Secretary Abdi Dubat showed the Head of State disembarking from the presidential jet where he was welcomed by dignitaries in Tanzania on Thursday, November 23.
Earlier, while speaking during the Joyful Women 14th-anniversary celebrations at Kasarani, the Head of State revealed that he would attend the EAC meeting on integration in Arusha.
“This morning we have come from a meeting of the stock exchange of the whole continent here in Nairobi, they are having a conversation about integration, this afternoon we will be going to Arusha to discuss the integration of the East African community,” stated Ruto.
President William Ruto arrives in Tanzania on November 23, 2023. /ABDI DUBAT
Ruto only just came from a two-day trip to France and Germany, with a focus on bolstering economic ties with the two countries and the EU (European Union), while advocating for strong global consensus on climate action ahead of COP 28.
In Strasbourg, France, the Head of State addressed the EU Parliament, the 705-member-strong legislative and policy organ of the European Union, where he emphasised Kenya's role as the peace and democracy anchor of the region.
On Wednesday, November 22, President Ruto revealed that it was charms by Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Susan Nakhumicha which prompted him to cut short his trip to France.
"Yesterday, I got a call from CS Nakhumicha and she was very insistent that this function must go on, now I know why."
"I tried to explain to her that I was away (in France) but I didn't manage (to convince her)," he stated amid the audience's laughter while speaking during the launch of the Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS) Microbiology Laboratory in Syokimau, Machakos County.
Meanwhile, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua will also leave the country on Thursday afternoon for Ciudad de la Paz (formerly Oyala) in Equatorial Guinea, to participate at the Summit of the Committee of Ten (C-10) of the African Union Heads of State and Government on the reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Gachagua will represent President Ruto at the ongoing November 22-24, 2023 Summit. On November 24, 2023, he will deliver a Statement on behalf of Kenya on among other issues, why the reforms of the UNSC need to be accelerated for equitable representation of Africa through expansion of the membership.
The meeting is reviewing the emerging international momentum on the reform of the UNSC to strategically position and prepare Africa for any outcome in the process, which begun in 2005.
"The Heads of State and Government from the C-10 States will also discuss how to strategically utilise the Common African Position as a negotiating framework to agree on a realistic and pragmatic roadmap for the reform of the UNSC in the best interests of the continent.
"The African Union Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government (C-10) was setup during the 4th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly on August 4, 2005, through Decision Ext/Assembly/AU/Dec.1 (IV), with the core mandate of presenting, advocating and canvassing support for the Common African Position on the Reform of the UNSC as enshrined in the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration," a statement from the DP's office seen by Viral Tea read in part.