Former Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta will continue chairing the Ethiopia and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) peace talks.
President William Ruto made the announcement while delivering his speech at Kasarani on Tuesday, September 13, after he was sworn in.
“On peace initiative in our region, in Ethiopia and the Great Lakes region, I have asked my elder brother President Uhuru Kenyatta who has done commended able engagement with those regions and he has graciously agreed to continue chairing those discussions on behalf of the Government of Kenya,” President Ruto stated.
Swearing in ceremony, Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi County. pic.twitter.com/QQYeXFSZzH
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) September 13, 2022
“I have committed that the Govt of Kenya will support those initiatives that will be chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta. I want to thank you Uhuru Kenyatta for agreeing to support us and to help me in those interventions.”
Kenyatta was appointed by the East African Community as a facilitator of peace talks in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the 22nd Ordinary Summit of EAC Heads of state in Arusha, Tanzania.
“I emphasise that the priority should be to promote peace and stability in the DRC; and it is only fair to do this with the help of the very person who initiated the whole process, President Uhuru Kenyatta,’’ said President Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi the current EAC chair during the summit.