William Ruto meets Penny Mordaunt in London ahead of Chatham House lecture

William Ruto and Penny Mordaunt
Dr William Ruto meets Penny Mordaunt in London. Photo: Twitter/WilliamsRuto

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has arrived in London ahead of an eagerly awaited lecture tomorrow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, popularly known as Chatham House.

According to his Twitter account, he is in London “to advance bilateral trade and investment, education, tourism; cement existing cooperation frameworks and explore new opportunities ahead of Brexit.”

William Ruto and Penny Mordaunt
Dr Ruto arrives in the UK. Photo: Twitter/WilliamsRuto

The first official appointment of his visit was at Whitehall, where Dr Ruto met with UK Secretary of State for the Department for International Development, Penny Mordaunt.

The Secretary of State told the Deputy President that Brexit would not affect the relationship between the two countries, adding: “Technology can now help us engage in trading activities and has made things easier.”

William Ruto and Penny Mordaunt
Dr Ruto is in London to to “advance bilateral trade and investment, education, tourism; cement existing cooperation frameworks and explore new opportunities ahead of Brexit.” Photo: Twitter/WilliamsRuto

Commenting after the meeting, Dr Ruto welcomed the assurance that the UK’s departure from the European Union wound not disrupt trade relations between the two countries.

“Continued engagement and use of technology to deepen collaboration on areas of mutual interest will boost our manufacturing sector; stimulate industry; drive the Big Four,” he added.

The Deputy President said that Kenya would continue to engage in activities that can enhance existing cordial relations between the two countries, highlighting the areas of trade and investment. He described the economic relationship as “mutually beneficial” with Britain being the largest source of tourists and some UK companies having a presence in Kenya.

He went on to say that Kenya would continue to enhance the existing good relations with Britain in areas of trade, tourism investment and continued partnership on the fight against extremism.

William Ruto and Penny Mordaunt
Dr Ruto met with Ms Mordaunt ahead of his Chatham House lecture. Photo: Twitter/WilliamsRuto

As well as his Chatham House lecture, Dr Ruto’s spokesman David Mugonyi said the Deputy President is also expected to deliver another at the University of Warwick on Saturday. 

His speech is expected to focus his speech on matters of devolution along with the challenges faced in trying to integrate the country and the East African region.

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  1. Very distasteful figure. His speech tarnish Chatham house’s repute. No merit whatsoever, nothing to show for except desperate quest to gloss up his checkered character. What has he done for Kenya to merit him represent Kenya on any stage other that rigged election and impoverishing the country for selfish gain? Is it a carving that he presented to Penny Mordaunt? Shameful!

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