By Samuel Ouma
William Samoei Ruto was on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, sworn-in as Kenya’s fifth PresidentPresident, taking over from President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ruto took the oath of office at Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani, outskirt of Nairobi.
He was sworn in by Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi in the presence of Chief Justice Martha Koome.
“I, William Samoei Ruto …. do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Kenya; that I will obey, preserve, protect and defend this Constitution of Kenya, as by law established, and all other laws of the Republic; and that I will protect and uphold the sovereignty, integrity, and dignity of the people of Kenya,” he said.
Ruto took two oaths of office, the first being the oath of allegiance, followed by the execution of the President’sPresident’s office.
Ruto signed after taking the two oaths in front of Attorney General Kihara Kariuki and the President of the Supreme Court. He also signed his inauguration certificate.
The certificate was presented to President Ruto by the Chief Justice as the final step in his inauguration.
Koome then invited the outgoing Head of State, Uhuru Kenyatta, accompanied by Kenya Defence Forces Chief General Robert Kibochi, to hand over the tools of power, the Sword of Honour, and the Constitution.
More than 20 African heads of state witnessed Ruto’s inauguration. They include East African Community Heads of State Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (Uganda), Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan), Samia Suluhu Hassan (Tanzania), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Evariste Ndayishimiye (Burundi), and Felix Tshisekedi (DR Congo) are attending the inauguration.
Also present are Presidents Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (Somalia), Filipe Nyusi (Mozambique), Wavel Ramkalawan (Seychelles), Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe), Lazarus Chakwera (Malawi), Umaro Sissoco Embaló (Guinea Bissau) and Azali Assoumani (Comoros).
Others are Presidents Mahamat Deby (Chad), Julius Maada Bio (Sierra Leone), Ismail Omar Guelleh (Djibouti), Brahim Ghali (Sahrawi) as well as Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini of Eswatini and AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat.