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Hussein dismisses reports on Ruto, Gachagua rift


State House has dismissed reports of strained relations between President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua.

State House spokesperson Hussein Mohammed who was responding to a question by one of the journalists during a press briefing on President William Ruto’s historic visit to the US said there was no issue between the two leaders.

The rumours have been fueled by the absence of the DP from key state functions.

Hussein said the office of the Deputy President has all the capabilities and competencies to respond to any questions regarding the second in command.

“There is no issue between the President and his Deputy. If you have a question or want to find anything about the DP, you can get the information from the Office of the Deputy President which has all the capabilities and competencies” he said.

This is not the first time such rumours are circulating. Last year, Government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura termed similiar reports a “creation of the media” stating that the president and deputy were reading from the same script.

The DP on Sunday attended a church service at the Sacred Heart Endarasha Catholic Church, Kieni Constituency, Nyeri County.

President Ruto and the First Lady Mama Rachael will kick off their visit to the US on Monday.

“Tomorrow, President Ruto’s US visit will commence in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, then later visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay homage to the civil rights struggle” said Hussein.

On Tuesday, in Atlanta, President Ruto will visit Spelman College, later go to Tyler Perry Studios to explore opportunities, and in the company of First Lady Rachel Ruto, attend a dinner hosted by the state’s mayor, Andre Dickens.

The culmination of the visit will be on Thursday, May 23, when the Kenyan leader will meet his host President Joe Biden.

“On Wednesday, President Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto will travel to Washington, DC, where they will be officially received with full ceremonial state honors, later meet a congressional delegation, and hold discussions at Capital Hill” Hussein added.


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