Why DP Ruto met Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop is the most senior priest in England

Deputy President of Kenya William Ruto with His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of England

Deputy President William Ruto met with His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the Anglican Communion on Monday, March 7.

Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

During the visit, the Archbishop was encouraged to learn from the Deputy President about Kenya’s roadmap for the future, post ‘Vision 2030’.

DP Ruto also made a strong commitment to promote a free and fair elections this year. The Archbishop further mentioned that he has scheduled a meeting with DP Ruto's fiercest competitor Azimio La Umoja Presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

"Good to meet @WilliamsRuto this afternoon, and looking forward to seeing @RailaOdinga next week. Praying for peaceful, open, and credible elections on 9th August," read a tweet.

The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party leader is on the last leg of his three day tour of United Kingdom. Ruto was accompanied by Amani National Congress (ANC) leader and fellow Kenya Kwanza principal, Musalia Mudavadi.

Yesterday, while speaking at Chatham House, Ruto distanced himself from reports he and President Uhuru Kenyatta shared out the government equally after the 2013 polls.

“In our first term, we ran a coalition government but I can tell you there was no single opportunity where my party held a PG outside Uhuru’s party. We had one parliamentary group. One government. One programme and it was all clear,” he said.

The UDA boss claimed the handshake between the President and Odinga and the resulting BBI crippled the government’s programmes and plans in the second term.

Ruto, who spoke on a wide range of issues, said if elected, his administration will institutionalise the fight on graft and establish a Judiciary fund to give it financial independence.

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