March 20, 2023

William Samoei Ruto has officially been declared President of Kenya after his swearing-in ceremony, which took place at the Karasani Stadium, Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Kenya. He was sworn in by the Chief Judge, Martha Koome, on Tuesday at the ceremony.

Ruto becomes the fifth President of Independent Kenya, and the second ethnic Kalenjin after the late Daniel Arap Moi to hold the office. He swore an oath of allegiance and for the execution of the functions of the office. Ruto also appended his signature to the corresponding document according to reports on Tuesday.

Uhuru also congratulates Williams while handing him over the position to continue 5th President in Kenya. “As a hallmark of our democracy, therefore, I will, before God and my fellow countrymen, handover the instruments of power to our new President at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani and with that, the fourth administration will come to an end and the tenure of the fifth administration will begin.” “My family and I join all Kenyans in wishing the very best to our next President Dr. William Samoei Ruto and extending to him our warmest congratulations for receiving the mandate of Kenyans to lead us as our 5th president.” Kenyans quoted Uhuru.

Meanwhile, the Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, was also present at the ceremony according to his media aide, Laolu Akande, who made this known in a tweet which read, “VP Osinbajo now in Nairobi, Kenya where he is representing Nigeria at the inauguration of Dr. William Ruto as Kenya’s fifth President today.On arrival, VP congratulates ‘the people of Kenya on this celebration of democracy,’ and added, ‘God bless the Republic of Kenya’.”he tweeted.

Ruto has been deputy to President Uhuru Kenyatta since 2013, but they fell out after the 2017 election. Kenyatta backed opposition leader Raila Odinga to succeed him in the August election and denounced Ruto as unfit for office.Before moving into politics,Ruto was a roadside chicken seller.

Marvelous Ogidi

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