For the first time since the September 13, 2022 inauguration day, President William Ruto and former President Uhuru Kenyatta have met publicly.

Ruto met Uhuru on Monday at the Safari Park Hotel during the third Inter-Congolese Consultations launch of the Nairobi Peace Process which Uhuru leads and which he and Ruto officiate.

The consultation is geared towards ending the war between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) forces and the M23 forces.

While speaking during the launching ceremony, Uhuru said there was a need for more efforts t be made to restore peace in the troubled Eastern DRC region.

“Having been to Goma and listening to stories of the suffering that people have gone through for so long, I'm more convinced that more effort should be spared in bringing peace and stability to the Eastern side of DRC,” Uhuru said.

DRC president Felix Tshisekedi, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Tanzanian Samia Suluhu and their Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni who were not physically present at the launching ceremony in Nairobi attended and addressed the meeting virtually.

Burundi president who is also the current East African Community (EAC) Heads of States summit chairperson Evariste Ndayishimiye was also in attendance at the launching ceremony alongside key invited diplomats and African Union and United Nations observers.

This third Inter-Congolese Consultation is a follow-up of the first and second consultations which discussed the scoping and mapping of Ituri in Kivu.