Ruto to speak at Chatham House on national unity and regional integration

February 7, 2019 9:52 am
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Chatham’s Parliamentary and Media Outreach Assistant, Africa Programme Yusuf Hassan noted Ruto will ‘reflect on the challenges of managing change in a diverse country and the outlook ahead for both Kenya and the region/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 7 – Deputy President William Ruto has left the country for London UK, for a two day tour in which he is expected to make an address at Chatham House on Friday.

During his talk, the Deputy President will give a lecture on Kenya’s national unity and regional integration at the Chatham House in London.

Chatham’s Parliamentary and Media Outreach Assistant, Africa Programme Yusuf Hassan noted Ruto will ‘reflect on the challenges of managing change in a diverse country and the outlook ahead for both Kenya and the region’.

Chatham in their statement wrote; “At the national level, estimated GDP growth of 5.9 per cent in 2018 signals Kenya’s diverse economy and integral position within the East African Community (EAC), but concerns have been raised regarding slow progress in reducing the fiscal deficit. With recent calls for a referendum on further constitutional reforms reflecting a divisive issue for many Kenyans, it is critical that the lessons learned from the past decade inform the country’s next steps.”

The DP will give another public lecture at Warwick University on Saturday dubbed ‘We Face Forward – Daima Mbele’. The forum is themed to provide a guiding force for the philosophy of Pan – Africanism.

“The belief that our shared prosperity can only be achieved through the strength of a united continent,” the organizers noted.

Ruto becomes the third high ranking leader to make the address renowned independent policy institute after President Uhuru Kenyatta and African Union (AU) High Representative for Infrastructure Development and ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga.

President Kenyatta address in April 2018 focused on the country’s priorities for inclusive growth towards domestic development and regional peace.

Odinga was invited to the famous address in October 2017, to discuss his decision to withdraw from the October 26, 2017 Repeat Presidential Elections and spoke of how democracy in Africa was in jeopardy.

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