Deputy President William Ruto arrived at the White House in Washington DC on Thursday, March 3, 2022 for a meeting.
Ruto not allowed to drive convoy inside White House [Video]
Visiting high level government leaders are usually driven inside the White House by vehicles manned by Secret Service officers.
He was accompanied by a lean team that included ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Former Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu Namwamba.
According to footage reaching the news desk, DP Ruto’s convoy had to park outside as he walked in through the security check.
The DP's reception at the White House gate was in sharp contrast with how his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta has been received during past visits.
Visiting high level government leaders such as President Kenyatta are driven inside the White House by vehicles manned by secret service officers.
Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau had earlier explained that while Ruto’s trip was approved, he was not on official government business.
Ruto's campaign spokesperson Hussein Mohammed described Ruto's mission to the White House as "a closed door meeting where issues of strategic partnership between U.S.A & Kenya were discussed, including sustaining Kenya’s trajectory as a constitutional democracy."
Ruto says Uhuru is a refugee of the opposition
Before heading to the White House, Ruto gave a talk at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, nonpartisan international affairs think tank with centres in Washington D.C.
During his speech, the DP alleged that 'budgeted corruption' might have cost Kenya approximately half a trillion shillings in the last ten years.
“The other issue is budgeted corruption. Today you have close to Sh100 billion budgeted every year that has no oversight in opaque institutions.
“That amount has grown between four and fivefold in the last ten years," Ruto said.
Ruto criticised Uhuru's administration for what he saw as flaws, emphasising that Raila is in charge of the government while Uhuru is leading the opposition.
“The supposed opposition leader is a puppet of the government and the leader of the ruling party is a refugee in the opposition.
"Maybe scientists, policymakers in this great institution can do research on what is going on in Kenya because the opposition is running the government and the government is running the opposition which is quite a situation," the DP told the delegation.
Ruto questioned on graft
When pressed about his integrity, the DP accused his opponents of labelling him as corrupt since he is the frontrunner in the presidential race.
“I am not just a candidate but probably the leading candidate in this election. It's not by default but because I have a track record that the people of Kenya know, feel and associate with.
“My team and I have a credible plan that is resonating with the people of Kenya. When you are in that pivotal position, you won't miss people who will say things about you, that is the nature of politics,” he explained.
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