Uhuru’s first mission was to broker a deal between the Ethiopian Government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
On Wednesday, November 2, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the leadership of Tigray signed a peace deal in South Africa bringing to an end the war that has been in existence for two years.
Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta was part of the delegation that secured a truce between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the leadership of Tigray.
As such, President William Ruto has commended his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta for striking a peace deal between the two rival groups.
“I commend the AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa Olusegun Obasanjo, Uhuru Kenyatta, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuke for their facilitation and tireless efforts, wisdom, patience, and unity of purpose that brought this day of peace that heralds a bright future for the people of Ethiopia,” Ruto said.
The Head of State further commended Ethiopia for signing the peace treaty saying it will stabilize political will in the region.
“I salute the great people of Ethiopia, for whom I wish an era of cohesion, integration, and reconciliation. The mutual agreement will create the necessary environment to nurture durable peace and political stability in Ethiopia,” he added.
United Nation Secretary-General António Guterres said the Agreement for Lasting Peace through a Permanent Cessation of Hostilities brokered by the African Union and mediated by former among others Rtd President Uhuru Kenyatta was a promising start to finally stopping the fighting which erupted in November 2020.
“The Secretary-General urges all Ethiopians and the international community to support the bold step taken today by the Federal Government of Ethiopia and the Tigrayan leadership,” he said in a statement.