Why some Azimio leaders accompanied President Ruto on US state visit

Ezra Manyibe | 3 weeks ago
From left, Minority leader in National Assembly, Opiyo Wandayi, President William Ruto and Majority leader in National Assembly, Kimani Ichung'wah during a visit to the US on May 22, 2024. |Courtesy| PCS|

The Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition has explained why some its leaders accompanied President William Ruto on his state visit to the United States of America (USA).

In a statement on Thursday, May 23, 2024, ODM Leader Raila Odinga noted that the coalition was aware and had approved their trip with the head of state.

The leaders in question are National Assembly Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi, Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga, and Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti.

"All Azimio leaders accompanying the President were invited by the US government and have the coalition's permission to join the President on this mission, in line with established democratic traditions and the broader interests of the Kenyan nation that Azimio stands for," the statement read in part.

Odinga explained that the state visit compares to similar visits to Kenya by other heads of state including retired US President Barack Obama who visited in 2015 in the company of Republican and Democrat leaders.

The ODM leader urged the delegation to utilise the opportunity and discuss matters of importance to Kenyans including the creation of jobs, fighting corruption, better healthcare locally, and trade and investment partnerships.

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