Ruto’s oratory skills wow delegates at the African Climate Summit

President William Ruto, often acclaimed for his compelling oratory, masterful use of similes, symbolic gestures, unique style, and even his posture, has left a profound mark on the African Climate Summit. 

Approximately 30,000 delegates attended the summit, including prominent figures like the top US climate diplomat, John Kerry, President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and numerous African leaders.

US climate diplomat John Kerry lauded President Ruto’s speech at the Tsavo Amphitheatre, describing it as an “excellent presentation.” Kerry remarked, “I have a feeling that after that extraordinarily powerful presentation by President Ruto, nobody should say anything; we should just act.” He continued, “President Ruto is showing the path for everyone to follow. Your leadership is palpable. You have set a clear path for us. Africa is meeting. Africa is talking. Africa is deciding.”

Rwandan President Paul Kagame subtly praised Ruto’s eloquence in addressing the need to review ‘unfair’ funding policies by multilateral banks, stating, “Any meaningful structural change must favor debt restructuring and lower interest rates, as President Ruto has eloquently explained.”

In the morning session, centered around sustainable housing practices within the realm of climate change mitigation, subsequent speakers voiced their reticence to present their own ideas after witnessing the impactful speech delivered by Ruto. Jean Pierre Elon Mbassi, Secretary-General of United Cities and Local Governments Africa, confessed, “It is always very difficult to speak after the President of the Republic of Kenya, Dr. Ruto; he is so eloquent and engaged that I am shy to address at this moment.”

Eduardo Freitas, Regional Manager, Africa Desk Division of Country Programming Green Culture Fund, added, “His Excellency has been the first one to put me in a shy position speaking after his speech.”

Kenyan leaders also joined in praising President Ruto for his conduct at the African Climate Summit. Ezekiel Mutua, CEO of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya, commended Ruto’s stellar performance and congratulated Environment Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya for ensuring a seamless flow at the Summit.

Mutua’s Twitter message read, “I think besides President Ruto’s stellar performance at the Africa Climate Summit, the star of the moment is Environment CS Soipan Tuya. It was a delight to see her calm and professional demeanor throughout the sessions yesterday and today. Everything flowed seamlessly, and the organization and coordination were world-class. Well done Waziri and your team. You made us all proud.”

 William Ruto also recently made headlines when he drove himself through the streets of Nairobi in a small yellow Autopax electric cart to symbolize his commitment to clean energy.

William Ruto made headlines once again when he drove himself through the streets of Nairobi in a small yellow Autopax electric cart, symbolizing his commitment to clean energy. This unconventional commute, taking place during the first-ever African Climate Summit in Nairobi from Monday, September 4th, to Wednesday, September 6th, was seen as a bold statement.

In his speeches, President Ruto used his signature phrase “mambo matatu” to outline the path to shared climatic prosperity, emphasizing three essential pillars: speed, scale, and accountability.

Ruto is also managing a packed schedule of meetings that commenced on Wednesday, September 4th. One Kenyan on Twitter quipped, “President Ruto akimalizana na Climate summit unahitaji off ya siku mbili,” loosely translating to “President Ruto needs a two-day break once the climate summit is over.”

Catherine Mutuku praised his efforts, saying, “Good job, that’s my President. You pulled a good one for climate change.”

However, President Ruto has faced criticism for Kenya’s relaxed environmental policies in recent months, including lifting a six-year logging ban in July and reversing the previous government’s efforts to mitigate damage to Kenyan forests.

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