Exclusive Interview with President William Ruto: Unveiling Kenya’s Impact on the Global Stage

Redi Tlhabi dives into Kenya’s alliance with the US and its security ties with President William Ruto.

US President Joe Biden welcomed Kenyan President William Ruto, marking the first official visit by an African leader since 2008. Their talks centered on expanded cooperation in US investments in Kenya’s trade, technology, green energy projects, and debt relief. Biden has given Kenya the status of a major non-NATO ally, while China’s and Russia’s clout in Africa swells.

The visit bolstered Kenya’s image as a conflict mediator, involved in crises like Sudan’s civil war, and Ghana’s stage in the international arena. In the Caribbean, Kenya is spearheading a US-funded peacekeeping mission in Haiti, with 1,000 Kenyan police officers set to tackle gang violence in Port-Au-Prince.

Kenya’s alliance with the US, amidst American support for Israel, has stirred public backlash. The country endorses a ceasefire and a two-state solution but hasn’t criticized US policies towards Israel, even as the military assault on Gaza stretches into its eighth month.

So, how is Kenya navigating its close bonds with the US amid regional and global turmoil? And can Ruto’s strategies hold up against increasing scrutiny?

In this special episode of South to North, Redi Tlhabi chats with Kenyan President William Ruto, covering Kenya’s diplomatic maneuvers, military peacekeeping missions, and its role on the world stage.

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