William Samoei Ruto was sworn in as Kenya’s new president in a colourful ceremony attended by Kenyans from all parts of Kenya and heads of state from across Africa.
“I William Samoei Ruto, in full realization of the high calling I assume as President of the Republic of Kenya, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Kenya and that I will obey, preserve, protect and defend this constitution of Kenya as by law established and all other laws of the Republic,” Ruto said, taking the oath of office as Kenya’s fifth president.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Djibouti President İsmail Omar Guelleh also attended the swearing-in ceremony.
In the 60,000-seat Kasarani stadium, 10,000 police officers were deployed by the Ministry of Interior to ensure the safety of the participants.
Rigathi Gachagua, 57, a former member of Parliament who has served previously in various capacities in public administration, was also sworn in as Kenya’s twelfth deputy president.