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Ruto tours Uhuru Gardens ahead of King Charles III’s visit


President William Ruto on October 25, 2023, toured Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi in preparation for the upcoming State visit by Britain’s King Charles III and Queen Carmilla.

The Head of State who returned back in the country from an official visit to Saudi Arabia on the eve of the visit arrived at the Gardens around noon.

He was accompanied by the Cabinet Secretary for Defence Aden Duale, Chief of Defence Forces Francis Ogolla, CS for Gender and Culture Heritage Aisha Jumwa Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, and other leaders.

The President said it was an honour for the country to be chosen by the King and Queen for their first visit to a Commonwealth nation.

“Kenya is honoured that King Charles III and Queen Camilla have chosen our country for their first visit to a Commonwealth nation. This choice is a testament to the depth of our relationship and the mutually beneficial nature of our partnership. The visit is an important opportunity to strengthen our cooperation in a number of areas of common interest,” he said.

Ahead of Their Majesties’ State Visit to Kenya, The King and Queen on Tuesday hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for the Kenyan diaspora in the United Kingdom.

The reception was to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Kenya’s Independence the warm relationship between the two countries and the strong and dynamic partnership they continue to forge.

King Charles and Queen Camilla are scheduled to visit Kenya from October 31 to November 3 at the invitation of President William Ruto.

On October 11, the British High Commission in Nairobi said the visit serves as a “celebration of the enduring and warm relationship between Kenya and the United Kingdom highlighting the strong and dynamic partnership they continue to forge.”

The King and Queen will visit Nairobi City County, Mombasa County, and surrounding areas.

Their Majesties’ programme will reflect the ways in which Kenya and the United Kingdom are working together, notably to boost mutual prosperity, tackle climate change, promote youth opportunity and employment, advance sustainable development and create a more stable and secure region.

While in Kenya, their Majesties will meet with President Ruto, the First Lady, and various members of the Kenyan Government, as well as engage with UN staff, CEOs, faith leaders, young people, future leaders, and Kenyan Marines training alongside UK Royal Marines.

The King will also participate in an event honouring the life and work of the late Nobel Laureate, Professor Wangari Maathai, alongside Wangari’s daughter, Wanjira Mathai.

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