Deputy President William Ruto with French President Francois Hollande and Mali President Ibrahim Keita during the opening session of the 27th Africa-France Summit for Patnership Peace and Emergence in Bamako, Mali. 14th January, 2016 Photo/DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto during the graduation ceremony at the Kenya Medical Training College - Nairobi Campus. 1st December, 2016 - Photo/DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto receives a Ghanian Traditional Stool from President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana.
DP William Ruto with Liberia Vice President Joseph Boakai
Foreign Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has what it takes to be the next African Union (AU) chairperson, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
The Deputy President said Ambassador Mohamed has solid credentials in diplomacy, international trade, including a deep and broad understanding of the intricacies of intra-African trade and how to get the best out of emerging markets.
He was speaking during talks with Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari in Lagos on 11 November.
The Government’s campaign to have Amb Mohamed elected as the AU Commission chairperson has taken Mr Ruto to 10 countries.
In Chad, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Zambia, Algeria, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali, the Deputy President delivered a special message from President Uhuru Kenyatta to the country’s leaders.
Mr Ruto said he was encouraged by the willingness showed by the countries to support Amb Mohamed’s candidature.
Five candidates are vying for the position. They are: Botswana Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Chad Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat, Equatorial Guinea Foreign Minister Agapito Mba Mokuy, Kenya’s Amina Mohamed and Senegal’s Bathily Abdoulaye, who is the special UN envoy for Central Africa.
South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who has been the AU chairperson since 2012, did not apply for a second term.
The elections will be held during the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government January 30-31, 2017 at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Deputy President William Ruto (left) chats with Chad Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacke’ (centre) and Foreign Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed (right).
Deputy President William Ruto arrived in Chad to deliver a special message from President Uhuru Kenyatta to President Idriss Deby.
He was received by Chadian Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacke’ at N’djamena’s Hassan Djamous International Airport .
President Deby who is the current chairman of the African Union will hold talks with Mr. Ruto at the Presidential Palace in N’djamena; where the Deputy President is expected to lobby Chad to support the candidature of Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohammed for the chairperson of the Africa Union Commission (AUC).
Chad has nominated Moussa Faki Mahamat, their long serving Minister for Foreign Affairs as a candidate for the position of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in the upcoming AUC elections scheduled for January 2017. Kenya will seek to strike a compromise with Chad.
Mr Ruto is accompanied by Amb Mohammed. The two will also visit Ivory Coast and Egypt on a similar mission.