Deputy President William Ruto has been elected to a lucrative international position where he will represent Kenya.
Ruto will now be the Kenyan representative to the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership where he will serve for three years.
DP Ruto defeated the other three candidates from Canada, Italy, and the United Kingdom in the elections that were held on May 25.
“We are pleased to announce that the governments of Canada, Italy, and Kenya have been elected by their peers to three-year terms on the OGP Steering Committee beginning on October 1,” the OGP website reads.
The OGP is the main purpose is to bring together leaders from different countries together for promoting accountable, responsive, and inclusive governance through civic participation, access to public information, and leveraging on technology and innovation.
The organization was founded in 2011 by former US president Barrack Obama and it has headquarters in Washington DC. Since its inception, Kenya has been an active member of the lobby group.
To date, the organization has a presence in about 78 countries and 20 local governments.
Furthermore, the organization is charged with empowering citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
As in previous years, the election was done through a system where voters ranked candidates by preference. The top-ranked candidate received four points, which Kenya scored.
Under his tenure, Ruto will be able to show the world Kenya’s innovative approaches to open governance.
Reacting to the election, Dr Korir Sing’oei from the DP’s office noted that it helps Kenya advance the OGP agenda.
“Kenya also stands to benefit as this leadership gives the country the platform needed to promote OGP principles of transparency, civic participation and use of technology beyond the current 13 members of OGP on the continent,” said Dr Korir Sing’oei a Legal Adviser at the deputy president’s office.