President William Ruto has addressed Sudan’s recent rejection of Kenya’s lead role as a mediator in the Sudan crisis within the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
Ruto in an interview with France 24 expressed his disappointment at Sudan’s decision, emphasizing that no leader has the right to brutally kill and harm civilians.
He firmly rejected the accusations made by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council, that Kenya was harboring Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, leader of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), in a Nairobi hospital.
Ruto, who was selected to lead a Quartet of three countries by IGAD clarified that these accusations were false and unfounded.
“The main accusation against Kenya by Sudan’s military ruler al-Burhan is that we have Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo in a hospital in Nairobi. That is not true,” said Ruto
Highlighting the importance of regional stability, President Ruto stressed that the countries within the region are committed to doing everything possible to restore peace and stability in Sudan. He emphasized the need for collective efforts to address the challenges faced by the Sudanese people, including the ongoing political and humanitarian crises.
He said, “There are signs of genocide”.
“What is going on in Sudan is unacceptable. Military power is being used by both parties to destroy the country and to kill civilians. The war is senseless, the war is not legitimate in any way.”
Ruto said he had a meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on the sidelines of the summit for a New Global Financing Pact about the situation in Sudan.
“Our interest is to stop the war, stabilize Sudan and make sure that we deal with the humanitarian crisis that is currently ongoing,’’ said Ruto
But Khartoum doesn’t want Ruto and the meeting suggested by IGAD to meet with warring generals in ten days to address the conflict hasn’t happened.
Sudan declined to attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the IGAD Quartet countries last week chaired by Kenya, citing its “objection to characterizing the Sudan conflict as a fight between two generals”.
No official statement has been issued by either the State House or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding these accusations and Nairobi’s stance.
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