The Kenya Tissue and Transplant Authority (KTTA) on Sunday explained the absence of Charlene Ruto from the limelight after landing a blood ambassadorial role on January 18.
KTTA remarked that Charlene Ruto was still executing her mandate behind the scenes.
The explanation was made after Kenyans raised concerns that the First Daughter was not at the forefront in mobilising Kenyans to donate blood following a gas explosion in Embakasi that left over 300 people injured.
While many leaders from the government and opposition had called for Kenyans to donate blood, Charlene Ruto had remained conspicuously silent.
First Daughter Charlene Ruto speaking in Embu County on April 16, 2023.
“A lot happens behind the curtains for effective service delivery and a healthier nation aligned with Universal Health Coverage,” the Authority stated.
“While not all efforts are publicised, we are actively on the ground with our blood ambassadors for the Embakasi tragedy.”
A few hours after the Authority’s statement, Charlene Ruto revealed that she had mobilised Kenyans towards a successful blood drive.
“Together with many selfless and intentional Kenyans, we managed to collect over 50 pints of blood,” she stated.
According to President William Ruto’s daughter, the blood will go a long in improving health and saving lives in emergencies for many of those in need.
The first daughter had been appointed to the position by Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha.
“Continue to be a spokesperson to your friends, Kenyan Youth family, peers and Kenyan citizens and to engage and encourage people to give blood to save lives,” Nakhumicha stated then.
As a blood ambassador, she was requested to partner with KTTA in blood donation drives including public education and resource mobilisation.
President William Ruto’s daughter Charlene Ruto (far-left) poses for a photo after being appointed Kenya Blood Ambassador on January 18, 2024.