US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SENDS DELEGATION TO ATTEND WILLIAM RUTO’s INAUGURATION

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The United States of America’s president, Joe Biden, on Saturday 10th unveiled a delegation of five, who are scheduled to attend president-elect William Ruto’s swearing-in ceremony. William Ruto’s inauguration ceremony will be held on Tuesday, September 13 at the Kasarani Stadium.

The announcement came a few days after Joe Biden congratulated William Ruto on clinching the victory following a peaceful voting process.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also noted that Biden had praised Azimio leader Raila Odinga for accepting the outcome of the presidential petition. And for respecting the judgement of the Supreme Court.

“We congratulate William Ruto on his election as president of Kenya. We commend Raila Odinga for abiding by the Supreme Court’s ruling.

US President, Joe Biden

The delegation

In a press briefing on Saturday, President Biden said that the United States Trade Representative, Katherine Tai, would lead the delegation. Tai is President Biden’s Cabinet member since she was sworn-in on March 18, 2021.

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency William Samoei Arap Ruto on September 13, 2022, in Nairobi, Kenya,” his briefing read in part.

Other members of the team are Honorable Meg Whitman, Honorable Colin Allred, Honorable Mary Catherine Phee and Dr. Monde Muyangwa. So Whitman is the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya while Allred serves as the United States Representative for Texas.

US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman

Phee, on the other hand, is the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State. And Muyangwa works as the Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development.

Also according to Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, at least 20 heads of state and government will jet into the country for president -elect William Ruto’s swearing in ceremony. At least 20 Presidents and Heads of Governments have confirmed attendance. This is a public function which everyone is possibly welcome,” Kibicho stated

By Wanjiru Mbaru

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