INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF H.E DR. WILLIAM RUTO, C.G.H., PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AT THE MOI INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CENTRE, KASARANI, ON 13TH SEPTEMBER 2022.
H.E. Dr William Ruto was sworn in as the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya at Kasarani International Stadium on the 13th September 2022. He took the Oath of Office at 12:44pm with the swearing-in process led by the Judiciary under Chief Justice Martha Koome and Judiciary registrar Anne Amadi. Consequently, he received the highest award in the country – Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart. His Deputy Hon. Rigathe Gachagua was also sworn in, in the event that was attended by over forty heads of state and government and diplomats from across the world. This followed a colorful hand over from the outgoing president H.E Uhuru Kenyatta who served between 2013-2022. Invited guests included East African Community presidents among others. H.E. Dr. William Ruto commended all participants who participated in the just concluded elections and extended recognition to Hon. Raila Odinga and his running mate Hon. Martha Karua. He also thanked all Kenyans for their great spirit that ensured peace and calm during the entire election process. H.E President Dr. Wiliam Ruto thus becomes the second president under the new Kenyan Constitution.
The new Head of State touched on a number of issues in his inaugural address, key among them being; His administration’s commitment to deal with the huge challenge of youth unemployment by rolling out the social and affordable low-cost housing program, targeting an average of 250,000 units a year. This he intimated would create opportunities in the entire job market while engaging TVET institutions in providing the necessary skills to enable the Jua Kali industry supply standardized products for the housing program.
The President also underscored Kenya’s continued dedication to be a partner to peace, security and prosperity in the East African region. He noted that his administration was looking forward to deepening integration ties with other Member States and was fully committed to the implementation of the EAC treaty and its protocols of free movement of people, goods and services. Equally important was Kenya’s commitment to the full actualization of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The head of State underscored that Kenya would continue to play its key role in international diplomacy at the bilateral and multilateral levels, appreciating Kenya’s role as host to major international agencies, including the United Nations. H.E the president also re-committed Kenya to supporting a successful Climate Summit in Africa in November, by championing delivery of the finance and technology needed for Africa to adapt to climate impacts.
The Head of Mission and members of staff of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to UN-Habitat heartily congratulate your Excellency the President H.E. Dr. William Samoei Ruto on your swearing in as the 5th President of the Republic of Kenya and wish you well as you embark on the noble task ahead.
KENYA PERMANENT MISSION TO UN-HABITAT. SEPTEMBER 2022