Kenyan President William Ruto on two-day visit to Rwanda

On 4 April 2023 at 08:51

President William Ruto of Kenya has begun a two-day state visit to Rwanda. Upon arrival, he was welcomed by his counterpart of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.

During his trip, he plans to meet with the Kenyan diaspora residing in Rwanda to discuss matters concerning the diaspora and government policies.

The Kenyan embassy in Kigali has reported that this meeting will allow the Kenyan community to engage in dialogue with their president. After taking office, President Ruto has made efforts to enhance regional ties and integration in East Africa, recently advocating for the elimination of trade barriers in the sub-region.

Ruto’s visit to Rwanda aims to strengthen regional relations and promote increased cooperation between the two nations. He also intends to hold bilateral talks with his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, to discuss strengthening the Kigali-Nairobi axis and other areas of shared interest.

Among others, Ruto plans to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial to pay homage to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The memorial visit holds significance as it coincides with the 29th commemoration of the Genocide set to begin on Friday.

President Paul Kagame will host a state banquet in honor of President Ruto, highlighting the importance of bilateral relations and regional cooperation between the two nations.

The two leaders last met in November 2022 before the United Nations Climate Conference (COP27) in Egypt, where they discussed sustaining positive and constructive bilateral relations between Kenya and Rwanda.

Ruto’s visit to Rwanda underscores the importance of their relations and their determination to foster cooperation for the region’s benefit.

According to the Kenyan embassy in Kigali, President Ruto’s meeting with the Kenyan diaspora in Rwanda will provide an opportunity for them to engage in dialogue with him on matters relating to the diaspora and government policy, as stated in a dedicated statement by the embassy.

President William Ruto with his counterpart of Rwanda at Urugwiro Village.
A guard of honor was mounted in honour of President William Ruto.