The President departed for the United Kingdom on Sunday, September 18, 2022, accompanied by First Lady Mama Rachel Ruto.
His deputy Rigathi Gachagua bid him farewell at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, with the head of state sharing photos on his social media pages.
During Ruto’s absence, DP Gachua will be the country’s senior government official and will hold the post.
Explaining his mission abroad, Ruto noted that “strengthening our ties with the international community will accelerate our country’s transformation.”
He will be in London to attend the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II before flying to New York to attend the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
“Depart for London, UK to attend the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Later in the week I will join world leaders for the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.” The President wrote.
The Commander-in-Chief could be seen conversing with the deputy and smiling before boarding the plane.
Kenyans from all walks of life wished the President a safe flight, with some saying the scene was reminiscent of the first term of the Jubilee government, when then-President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy showed bromance and chemistry before things fell apart.
RuttoRachel Sielle: God is with you, may his mercy be upon you every moment of your journey… I declare safe flight to your destination in Jesus name.
Elizabeth Wanjiru Kariuki: Safe heavens, my beloved President. Blessed is your going and coming back
Geoffrey Indengu: Travel safely, Your Excellency. Represent us well. God’s favor be upon you and our country of Kenya.
Hon Peter Njagi Ndwiga: Safe journeys and travel graces Your Excellency Sir and team. Put Kenya on the global map.
Wanjiru Wa Muthanji: Safe flight Mr. President, God be with you, more mercy, Kenya is blessed