Uhuru arrives at the White House for meeting with US counterpart Joe Biden

Uhuru and Biden are set to discuss key issues including the need for accountability in financial systems.

In Summary

•The two Heads of State are set to discuss key issues including the need for transparency and accountability in domestic and international financial systems.

•Prior to the meeting, Republican US Senator Jim Risc expressed concern regarding 'deep corruption' in Uhuru's government.

US President Joe Biden meets with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 14, 2021. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)
US President Joe Biden meets with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 14, 2021. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday arrived at the White House for bilateral meeting with his US counterpart Joe Biden.

Uhuru is the first African Leader to hold talks with President Biden in the Oval.

The two Heads of State are set to discuss key issues including the need for transparency and accountability in domestic and international financial systems.

Prior to the meeting, Republican US Senator Jim Risc expressed concern regarding 'deep corruption' in Uhuru's government.

The ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is also distressed by the country's debts to china as well as the 2022 General Election's security.

"I remain concerned, however, about deep government corruption, ongoing incidents of intercommunal violence in several parts of the country, and increasing to China.

“I remain concerned, however, about deep government corruption, ongoing incidents of intercommunal violence in several parts of the country, and increasing debt to China. Kenya is also preparing for a contentious election with a potentially violent ethnic dimension in 2022,” Risch said in a statement.

He also said that he is closely monitoring how Kenya uses its position as president of the United Nations Security Council in October to elevate the issues related to the crises in Ethiopia.

“The Biden Administration should make these issues front and center in discussions with President Kenyatta and other senior Kenyan officials this week.”

Uhuru chaired the UN Security Council high-level meeting on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Uhuru told world leaders to end the silo mentality that has seen some states - largely in Africa - excluded from key decisions affecting the globe.

The senator's statement comes amid the ongoing debate from the Pandora Papers expose, which Uhuru said he was not mentioned.

"First and foremost, my name is not there. Secondly, there has been no mention of any illegality or wrongdoing on part," Uhuru said.