Kate Actress Clarifies On Self-Funded US Trip Alongside Ruto

Award-winning actress Catherine Kamau, popularly known as Kate Actress, has addressed rumors surrounding her trip to the United States, clarifying that the government did not sponsor her visit.

This comes after widespread speculation on social media linking her to President Ruto’s state visit entourage.

The seasoned actress and mother of two firmly stated that she is not part of the official delegation accompanying President Ruto.

The speculation emerged after reports suggested that the trip, involving at least 30 individuals, cost taxpayers approximately Sh250 million in travel expenses.

One notable comment on social media came from a fan named Rokazkibui, who insinuated that Kate was benefiting from taxpayers’ money. The comment, which appeared on a photo Kate posted from the US, read: “Keep enjoying the taxpayers’ money…it’s sweet.”

In response, Kate pinned the comment and clarified her position. “Your thinking is so limited. Some of us don’t need government money to thrive. This trip is completely self-funded. This is me investing in my brand and taking care of my business. Get it?” she wrote.

Kate further explained that her invitation to the US was courtesy of the US Embassy in Nairobi and emphasized that her trip was a personal investment. “My invitation was courtesy of the US Embassy in Nairobi and this trip is completely self-funded, just in case you thought my brand was beans. Breathe, my beloved, I have only just begun,” she stated.

Mixed Reactions and Support

Despite her clarification, the trip has continued to draw scrutiny, particularly after details emerged about the high costs associated with President Ruto’s visit, including the Sh2 million per hour luxury jet hire.

Additionally, the anticipated meeting with American actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry did not take place, adding to the controversy.

While Kate faces criticism online, comedian Eddie Butita has received praise on social media following a viral photo with TV host Steve Harvey. The contrasting reactions highlight the polarized opinions among Kenyans regarding the trip.

Several celebrities have come to defend Kate Actress. Fashion designer Nimrod Nick urged the public to appreciate Kate’s success, stating, “Not everyone is going to love your success. For Christ’s sake, Kate is one of the best actresses we have in this country and if any actor deserved the exposure at Tyler Perry’s studio then I think she deserved it. Let’s learn to clap for others when necessary because you might be next in line waiting for your chance to be clapped for. Taxes or no taxes, Kate deserves every bit of this trip and so does Eddie Butita.”

PR manager and event organizer Slahver offered advice to Kate and other celebrities on handling public criticism. “When it comes to such sensitive public reactions, my advice to a brand is to hire a professional firm/agent who can draft an official press release. Rule number one as a brand: Never respond to someone online when you’re angry, because it will come back to bite you as the public will not see you as a responsible public figure.”

Other Delegation Members

In addition to the celebrities, several high-profile public figures accompanied President Ruto on the US state visit, which began on Monday, May 20.

The delegation included Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Defence CS Aden Duale, Health CS Susan Nakhumicha, Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga, Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti, Anne Waiguru, and Dennis Itumbi.

As the discussions and debates continue, it remains clear that Kate Actress is determined to use this opportunity to further her career and invest in her brand, independent of government sponsorship.

Her experience underscores the importance of transparency and clarity in public engagements, especially for high-profile individuals navigating the complex interplay of public perception and personal ambition.

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