Ruto Flies 367 Kenyans to Dubai for the COP28 Summit


President William Ruto on Thursday left the country to attend the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) accompanied by a delegation of 367 people. 

While some of the delegates are already in Dubai, others are set to travel in the coming days with the conference ending on December 12 according to the United Nations Climate Change (UNCC). 

Among those listed to travel with the President are First Lady Rachel Ruto, and their children Stephanie Ruto (Staff), Charlene Ruto (Patron), and June Ruto (Protocol).

Others were Second Lady Dorcas Rigathi, and five Cabinet Secretaries including Njuguna Ndungu (Treasury), Rebecca Miano (Trade), Aisha Jumwa (Gender), Davis Chirchi (Energy), Susan Nakhumicha (Health) and Soipan Tuya (Environment). 

President William Ruto speaking during the Attended the 5th Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation-Africa held in Nairobi on November 28, 2023

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The Executive in Ruto’s entourage further included Principal Secretaries Festus Ng’eno (Environment and Climate Change), Christopher Kiptoo (Forestry), Abraham Korir (Foreign Affairs) Salome Wairimu (Correctional Services), and Mary Muthoni (Health).

Attorney General Justin Muturi and Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli also formed part of the 367 delegation representing Kenya in COP28.

Governors attending the event are; Ahmed Abdullahi (Wajir), Andrew Mwadime (Taita Taveta), Benjamin Cheboi (Baringo), Kahiga Mutai (Nyeri), Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Cicily Mbarire (Embu), Erik Mutai (Kericho), Adam Jama (Garissa).

Other county bosses include; Wavinya Ndeti (Machakos), Wilber Ottichilo (Vihiga), Paul Otuoma (Busia), Stephen Sang (Nandi), Issa Timamy (Lamu), Patrick Ole Ntutu (Narok), Gideon Mung’aro (Kilifi) and Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga).

Senators travelling alongside the President include Ali Kibwana (Lamu), Wakoli David (Bungoma)and Moses Kajwang (Homa Bay). 

Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi refuted the official list which was released by the United Nations Climate Change (UNCC) noting that only 51 people were accompanying the President.

The trip comes a month after President Ruto stated that he had reduced travel costs by Ksh11 billion and not half a billion as alleged by media outlets.

On October 27, Ruto while speaking in Taita Taveta noted he had directed the reduction of the travel budget for all three arms of the government by 50 percent.

“We have said, the travels that shall be funded by the people of Kenya should be a travel that will bring monetary value, bring investors and other benefits to the people of Kenya,” Ruto noted.

Ruto’s directive in October followed the concern about foreign trips he has made under one and half years he had been at the office. 

President William Ruto addressing the EU Parliament in Strasbourg on November 21, 2023.

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