United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres is in Kenya for a two-day official visit. During his visit, the head of the United Nations is expected to hold talks with President William Ruto.
The visit comes weeks after a series of classified documents from closely guarded US military records suggested that at least one senior member of the UN had deep confidence in President Ruto.
A secret conversation between Guterres and his deputy Amina Mohammed in mid-February indicates that the United States could spy on the two leaders indefinitely.
In one of the conversations that apparently took place after the December 2022 African Leaders Summit in Washington D.C., Mrs. Mohammed allegedly told her boss, Mr. Guterres, that President Ruto “has no mercy” and that he will not trust him. At the time of the leak, no context was available regarding Ms Mohammed’s comments. There is also no confirmation as to whether the conversation was a formal or informal chat between the two colleagues.
The episode put the country in the path of a potential diplomatic storm as Nairobi is an important hub for UN activities.
After the leak, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric issued a statement saying the situation was an “appalling distortion” of Mohammed’s comments and “taken out of context”.
“He has a lot of respect for President Ruto and his leaders,” Dujarric said.
The United Nations also indicated that Mrs Mohammed would travel to Nairobi and assure the Kenyan government of their “respect and respect for President Ruto”.