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Ruto breaks silence on allegations of hosting Sudan’s rebel RSF leader

Ruto denies allegations of Kenya hosting Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) leader Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

On Saturday, June 24, President William Ruto refuted claims that Kenya was housing General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemeti, the commander of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces.  

Ruto stated that Kenya was not a party to the dispute despite claims to the contrary made by allies of General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s de facto leader and military commander. 

During an interview with France 24, Ruto revealed that Kenya was accused of supporting the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and allowing its ailing leader, General Dagalo, to seek medical attention in Nairobi. 

“General Burhan says they don’t want William Ruto because they believe he’s backing the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces. So, basically, you were told don’t mess with Sudan. What is your reaction?” France 24 journalist, Marc Perelman, posed?

“Well, everybody has their own opinion. We do not want interference. The main accusation against Kenya is that we have Hemeti in one of our hospitals in Nairobi.

“This is a false narrative,” Ruto asserted while maintaining that he was only concerned about the millions of Sudanese affected by the war quickly shaping into a genocide.

Ruto declared that he would work to find a way to lessen the humanitarian catastrophe in the Sub-Saharan African nation along with his colleagues at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Ruto was given the responsibility by IGAD to act as the primary mediator in the peace negotiations and set up the first face-to-face meeting between the two opposing generals. 

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The junta faction headed by General Burhan, nevertheless, was against it as they believed he was associated with the paramilitary wing. 

Kenya emphasized once more, however, that only IGAD had the power to recall the head of state. 

It also urged Sudan to agree to mediate and resolve the war, which entered its third month.

IGAD also underlined that resolutions publicized in an official communique would stay until formally revised by the eight-member bloc’s heads of state and government.

The war between the RSF and the Sudam military began on April 15, with both wings seeking control of the oil-rich country. 

According to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), a disaggregated data collection platform and crisis mapping tool, over 1,800 fatalities were recorded as of June 2023.

On the other hand, 1.4 million Sudanese have been displaced. 

Efforts by the United States and Saudi Arabia to restore peace and sanity in Sudan failed after a ceasefire they issued ended, forcing IGAD to intervene. 

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