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Kenya’s president disowns ‘Office of the First Daughter’

Charlene Ruto, president of Kenya, has been defended by her father, William Ruto, who denies allegations that the Office of the First Daughter exists in the country.

Charlene Ruto, president of Kenya, has been defended by her father, William Ruto, who denies allegations that the “Office of the First Daughter” exists in the country.

Since her father’s inauguration in September, Charlene Ruto has been holding high-profile engagements and meetings as First Daughter.

There is no such institution recognised under Kenyan law.

The president dismissed the idea that there was such a position on Wednesday.

Mr Ruto told reporters at State House, Nairobi, “Leave my daughter Charlene alone, you know these are kids, they’re just being children, you know very well that there is no such office…. she is just being the daughter of William Ruto, and sometimes she doesn’t know the divide between the president and the father.”

Concerns were raised over whether or not the president’s daughter was utilising public funds for her activities.

But last month, she dismissed suggestions that taxpayers’ funds were supporting the “Office of the First Daughter.”

She said: “The Office of the First Daughter is a private entity. It is neither a constitutional office nor is it being funded by the Kenyan taxpayer.”

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