Kenya’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr George Masafu, was yesterday on a diplomatic charm offensive to calm tensions triggered by Deputy President William Ruto’s comments, which were seen as disparaging to Kinshasa.
The envoy yesterday admitted there have been “negative reactions to comments by Dr Ruto about his host country’s inability to keep cows.
“Attention has been drawn to the Kenya embassy in Kinshasa, regarding remarks on the DRCS agriculture sector attributed to Mr William Ruto whilst on the political campaign trail in Kenya,” read the envoy’s statement that curiously didn’t address him with the Deputy President title.
“The embassy has informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nai robi on the negative reactions that the comments have triggered among the business com munity and general populace in the DRC, “Dr Masafu added.
In April, Mr Odinga observed, DRC and Kenya had signed a General Cooperation Agreement that promotes economic, technical, scientific, and socio-cultural co operation.
“Ruto’s attacks on the DRC are a manifestation of a reckless lack of vision and foresight; a pathetic failure to see where opportunities abound for Kenya. The DRC is a friend every visionary Kenyan leader would love to keep. The attack by the DP was unwarranted and very short sighted. The DP must own up and apologise to the government and the people of the DRC,” Mr Odinga said in a statement last evening.
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