William Ruto has been sworn in as the fifth President of Kenya at Kasarani International Stadium in Nairobi.
Ruto took the Oath of Office at 12.44 pm in a swearing-in process led by the Judiciary under Chief Justice Martha Koome and the registrar Anne Amadi.
“I William Samoei Ruto, in full realisation of the high calling, I assume as the 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 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, so help me God,” said Ruto during his swearing-in.
Ruto also received the highest award in the country – Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart.
His deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, was also sworn in shortly after him.
The swearing-in and inauguration kicked off with the entry of President Uhuru Kenyatta aboard the Commander in Chief ceremonial vehicle, after which he inspected a full parade mounted by the Kenya Defence Forces under Lt-Col Gilbert Kinanga’s command.
The event was attended by tens of head of states and diplomats from across the world. They included East African Community presidents among others.