Dawson Mudenyo, Head of Faith Diplomacy at the Office of First Lady, on Sunday, denied claims that he was part of delegates who had flown with President William Ruto to Dubai.
Earlier reports had indicated that Mudenyo was part of a 367 government-sponsored delegation attending the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).
Mudenyo in a statement noted that he had not accompanied President Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto to the high-profile event.
While remarking that the forum was valuable to Kenyans, he noted that he had not been selected to discuss global strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change.
President William Ruto alongside President Évariste Ndayishimiye (Burundi) and President Ahmed Tinubu holding hands with COP28 officials in Dubai on December 2, 2023.
“I have observed online discussions suggesting that I am in Dubai for the COP-28 meeting. I want to clarify that I am currently in Kenya, specifically in Kitale,” his statement read in part.
Despite not being on the team, Mudenyo stated that climate emergency remained one of the most urgent threats facing the world currently.
“International forums like COP-28 provide valuable opportunities for global cooperation and action planning,” he remarked.
He further applauded First Lady Rachel Ruto and all other Kenyans shining a light on environmental protection and climate justice on the international stage.
Faith Diplomacy which is a pillar at the Office of the First Lady seeks to address the family and national values in communities across the nation.
Mudenyo and his team help the First Lady in forging working relationships with faith-based organisations to streamline family and community-based values which affect children.
“Women and children bear the brunt of war and unstable conditions. GBV and other social hills contribute to unstable families,” Rachel Ruto is on record stating the importance of Faith Diplomacy.
Mudenyo’s clarification came at a time when the government denied reports that it had not observed austerity measures during the COP28 event.
Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi revealed that Ruto opted to travel with only 51 essential staff members despite being given a larger number.
President William Ruto speaking during the COP28 held in Dubai, UAE on November 30, 2023