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May 20, 2024: Top news events to look out for today

Monday, May 20th, 2024 06:18 | By
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua sees off President William Ruto at JKIA as he jetted off to the US on the night of May 19, 2024. PHOTO/X (@rigathi)

Here is what you need to know to get up to speed with today's happenings.

Ruto begins US tour

President William Ruto will today begin his official visit to the United States of America.

Ruto will today tour the City of Atlanta ahead of the State Visit to the White House in Washington DC.

The Government of the City of Atlanta revealed the tour, in which Ruto is scheduled to meet Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens.

"The City of Atlanta is proud to announce the May 20-21, 2024, visit of President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto of the Republic of Kenya. President Ruto will arrive in Atlanta ahead of a State Visit to the White House in Washington, D.C., where he will meet with President Joe Biden, marking 60 years of U.S.-Kenya diplomatic ties," the Atlanta government stated.

KQ flight disruptions

Passengers flying Kenya Airways (KQ) should expect delays today.

The national carrier announced disruptions in its flight schedules, resulting in widespread delays.

In an official announcement on Sunday, May 19, 2024, KQ explained that the delays were mainly caused by the unexpected and prolonged grounding of two of its 787 Dreamliners. This was due to delays in receiving engines and crucial engine parts.

"We would like to inform our customers that we are experiencing some disruptions in our flight schedules, which are leading to abnormally high levels of delays. The main reason for these disruptions is the unscheduled and extended grounding of two of our 787 Dreamliners due to delayed engine and engine components delivery," the statement read.

Kenya Airways added that normal operations would be restored by Tuesday, May 21, 2024, once the necessary engines and components have been received and installed.

"We anticipate that our network will normalise by Tuesday, 21 May 2024, once we receive and install the necessary engine and components. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding during this time," KQ stated.

Weatherman

The Kenya Meteorological Department has predicted more rain across the country in its four-day forecast from May 19, 2024, to May 22, 2024.

According to their predictions, areas such as Machakos and Kajiado might see isolated heavy rains, whereas the rest of the country is likely to stay mostly dry.

The weatherman said in the upcoming days heavy rainfall is expected in 31 counties.

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