President Ruto spent Sh200m to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral – Raila
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has criticized President William Ruto’s foreign trips since his inauguration, querying the source of funds for the trips following the government’s claim that they found empty coffers.
Mr Odinga, who spoke at a roadside rally while engaging residents in Ruaraka and Mathare constituencies on Wednesday, claimed President Ruto has spent hundreds of millions of shillings on international trips since his inauguration on September 13, including Sh200 million on attending Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in England.
“They say they found the government treasury bankrupt. In the same month, they went to Europe to bury the queen, and they spent Sh200 million, where did that come from? They have gone to Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. These people are not to be trusted at all,” he said.
Since his inauguration, the President has visited five nations. A week after his inauguration, the Head of State flew to England to attend the late Queen Elizabeth’s burial.
He then travelled to the United States where he attended and addressed the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
On October 6, the president left for Ethiopia on what was his first official visit to Africa where he held bilateral talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
A day later, Ruto flew to Uganda to attend the country’s 60th independence day celebrations on an invitation from Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
He then travelled to Tanzania last Sunday where he held bilateral talks with President Samia Suluhu.
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