ODM national chairman John Mbadi has dismissed Deputy President William Ruto’s visit to the United States terming it as inconsequential.
Speaking during an interview with a local TV station, the Suba South MP said that, according to him, DP Ruto only left the country to meet Kenyans in the diaspora and make a donation to them.
Mbadi dismissed claims that the deputy president would hold meetings with senior US government officials noting that he (Ruto) would be lucky to get an audience from a few members of Congress.
“If you are imagining that Ruto is going for a serious business in the US, then I think it’s because of lack of experience. There is nothing so serious about Ruto’s visit, I think he is going to rest and meet some Kenyans there. He will meet a few that he may donate a few coins to but meeting American government officials? I would want to see it. He will be very lucky to meet a few congressmen,” the MP said.
Mbadi’s statement comes hours after the DP left the country together with a few members of his campaign team for the US where, according to his campaign’s Head of International Relations Ababu Namwamba, he is expected to meet America’s senior officials.
“In Washington, DC, the Deputy President is scheduled to meet, among others, officials of the State Department and the Pentagon as well as the US Government National Security Council (NSC) Advisor,” Ababu said in a statement.
During his visit, according to Ababu’s statement, DP Ruto is expected to share his thoughts on foreign policy, governance, democracy and explain his Bottom-Up economic model’s vision for Kenya and Africa.
According to the statement, he will speak at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the University of Arizona’s Washington Entrepreneurship Hub.
Ruto is expected to end his tour to the US by convening a meeting with Kenyans in the diaspora before leaving for London where he will also have a series of meetings.