William Ruto on Tuesday September 13 took an oath of office as the fifth president of the Republic of Kenya.
The swearing-in event held at Kasarani international Stadium was conducted by Judiciary registrar Anne Amadi and witnessed by Chief Justice Martha Koome.
Following the General Election on August 9 and the subsequent ruling by the Supreme Court on the election petition, Amadi welcomed Koome to the platform and asked him to confirm that Ruto was the president-elect.
The oath of allegiance was the first of two oaths that Ruto took.
“I, William Samoei Ruto, in full realisation 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;
“… that I will obey, preserve, protect and defend the 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. So help me God,” the president read, holding the Bible in hand.
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Ruto appended his signature after taking both oaths in front of the Supreme Court’s president and Attorney General Kihara Kariuki. In addition, he signed his inauguration certificate.
President Ruto received the certificate from the Chief Justice as the final official act of his inauguration.
After then, Koome requested the handover of the Constitution and the Sword of Honour from outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta accompanied by the Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces.General Robert Kibochi.
Uhuru’s presidential Standard, a dark blue flag with a dove symbol was lowered while Ruto’s light-green flag with a yellow wheelbarrow was hoisted, a symbol of change of guard.
However, through bishop Mark Kariuki, President William Ruto recieved a Bible that will guide him in prevailing justice and equal service upon the nation.