Uproar In Congo over Ruto’s ‘no cow’ remark as Kenya moves in to re-assure  Kinshasa of strong relations

Uproar In Congo over Ruto’s ‘no cow’ remark as Kenya moves in to re-assure Kinshasa of strong relations

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,16TH FEB,2022-Kenya has responded to remarks by deputy president William Ruto who insinuated that DRC Congo rears no cow.

A statement by the Kenyan ambassador to Congo George Masafu has assured the Congolese nation of a respectful relationship.

The DP’s comment triggered reactions from the business community and the general public in Congo.

“The Kenya Embassy wishes to reiterate that the people of Kenya share a deep and respectful historical relationship with the government and people of DRC,” ambassador Masafu said.

“Kenya is confident that these relations will be entrenched through government to government frameworks and people to people partnerships that have built in the past.”

On Monday, William Ruto told residents of Nyeri, that there was a big market for their dairy produce in DR Congo – and appeared to suggest that there were no cattle in that country.

“We have a market in DR Congo…these people who are singers… These people have a population of about 90 million but they don’t own any cow,” he said in Swahili – a clip of which has been widely shared.

The remarks have not gone down well in DR Congo, with even some politicians and journalists describing them as disrespectful as he also appears to be disparaging the Congolese as lazy people who only know how to sing.

Senator Francine Muyumba took to Twitter and termed the remarks an “insult” and “unacceptable” and asked Mr Ruto to withdraw the statement.

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