President Ruto arrives in Tanzania for a 2-days trip marking 5th foreign trip in four weeks


President William Ruto in Tanzania photos

On Sunday, October 9, President William Ruto took a plane to Tanzania for a two-day international tour.

Racheal Ruto, the first lady, and the President landed in Tanzania on Monday night. Dr Stergomena Tax, who is the foreign minister of Tanzania, welcomed them at the Julius Nyerere International Airport.

Since taking office as Kenya's fifth President four weeks ago, the Head of State has been to five different countries. He has also lately been to the United States, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, and Uganda.

He had been at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala with tens of thousands of other Ugandans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the country's independence.

In his speech, President Ruto again called for free trade within the East African Community and across the entire African continent.

He said that the EAC's borders need to be changed right away if it is to reach its full economic potential.

According to Ruto, " We cannot participate in hunger or poverty, but we can share in opportunity and success."

"It is our responsibility as regional leaders and East African citizens to work together to change our borders, which now serve as obstacles, into bridges so that people, products, and services may travel freely across East Africa."

Ruto visited Ethiopia on Thursday, October 6, where he spoke with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on regional challenges and bilateral cooperation between Kenya and Ethiopia.

On his first trip to Ethiopia since taking office on September 13, the President also took part in the launch of the Safaricom network.

The biggest mobile phone provider in Kenya has a subsidiary called Safaricom Ethiopia. It is the first outside investment in Ethiopia's telecom sector.

President Ruto travelled to the UK a week after taking office, and on September 19, he attended Queen Elizabeth II's funeral.

Later, he took a flight to New York, where he participated in the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The President asked the world's biggest economies to help the countries most hurt by the COVID-19 outbreak and waive off their debts.

The Head of State stressed the urgent necessity for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other multilateral lenders to provide pandemic-related debt relief to poor nations, particularly those impacted by the catastrophic trifecta of war, climate change, and COVID-19. He made this statement in his speech on September 21.

The President said, "I urge the G20 to broaden and expand the scope of the common framework to delay or reschedule debt repayments by middle-income nations during the pandemic recovery phase." 

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