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Why Azimio leaders accompanied Ruto to the United States

Azimio leader Raila Odinga has explained why some of the leaders elected under his coalition accompanied President William Ruto to the United States.

In a statement on Wednesday, Raila said the leaders, including Governor Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay) and Wavinya Ndeti (Machakos) traveled at the invitation of the US government.

National Assembly Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi is also part of the delegation.

The Azimio leader stated that they also have permission from the coalition to accompany President Ruto.

“All Azimio leaders accompanying the president were invited by the United States government and have its permission and that of the coalition to join the president on this mission, in accordance with established democratic traditions and the broader interest of the nation Kenya that Azimio represents,” Raila said.

His comments come after a section of leaders questioned the presence of Azimio leaders at Ruto’s state visit to the United States.

The former Prime Minister urged the leaders to take advantage of their visit and help the United States understand the issues that matter to the people of Kenya.

“Including increased trade and investment, improved local healthcare opportunities, fighting corruption, job creation and access to information technology by young people,” he added.

President Ruto is in the United States on a state visit.

Several leaders accompany the Head of State, including representatives of civil society groups, business representatives and the media, among others.

On Wednesday, Ruto spent much of his day at the Capitol where he held engagements with different groups in Congress, as well as the bipartisan leadership of Congress.

While in Atlanta, Georgia, President Ruto also held a meeting with Kenyans living in the United States, among other engagements.

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