MONROVIA – Since leaving the mantle of public office nearly five years ago as Africa’s first female president, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is obviously getting adjusted to the life of an extremely revered global go-to person, as she works tirelessly in meeting Presidents and World Leaders to solve some of the nagging issues confronting nations in particular and the world at large. As Chair of the High-Level Advisory Board or HLAB of the United Nations, Madam Sirleaf who is currently in Kenya hosting a panel discussion on multiple challenges facing the world, including climate change, yesterday paid a courtesy call on the new president of Kenya, William Ruto.
Making the disclosure during a telephone chat with The Analyst last evening, Africa’s first female president said she, along with her two co-chairs on the UN high-level advisory board, paid a courtesy call on the new president of Kenya, William Ruto.
“After the group meeting, President Ruto held my hand and said: ‘let’s go to my office. So, if you have anything else to tell me, you are welcome to my office. He and I had a brief private meeting,” former President Sirleaf said.
Madam Sirleaf further disclosed that the UN High Level Advisory Board members which included former Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (co-chair) visited President Ruto’s office to report to him about their Kenya Mission.
Madam Sirleaf also used the conversation with The Analyst to clarify that “I am not in India undergoing medical treatment as it is being speculated”.
As a matter of fact, with reference to the health scare rumors that had circulated in Liberia in the event of her recent departure for Kenya on official UN business, Madam Sirleaf, yesterday posted on her official Twitter page a photo of herself holding hands with an effusively smiling President Ruto, with an aptly whimsical caption:
“Delighted to travel to Kenya and be able to spend time with H.E. President William Ruto (@WilliamsRuto) and pleased to see the “healthy” interest so many in Liberia have taken in my visit.”