Hundreds of people have arrived at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi ahead of president-elect William Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua’s inauguration.
The ceremony is expected to take place today starting 9am. By 4:30am, the stadium which has a seating capacity of almost 60,000 was full in some terraces with patriotic Kenyans braving the morning chill to await the once-in-five-years ceremony.
Bernard Muhia who was among the Kenyans who braved the chilly morning at Kasarani Stadium told The Informer that he had to be there to witness the swearing in ceremony and had to travel all the way from Murang’a county.
According to Muhia not only is today’s event a historic moment for Kenyans, it’s also an opportunity to witness how power is handed over from one administration to the other.
Muhia further says despite his candidate Raila Odinga not winning the Presidency
“This is a historic moment,” he enthused. “To see ‘the fifth’ take the Sword of leadership. I have never been here before, it would have been double joy for me personally if Raila could have won the Presidency, but we shall support the incoming administration,” Muhia said.
With his swearing in, Ruto becomes the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya and takes over from retiring President Uhuru Kenyatta who he deputised for 10 years.
Ruto will be sworn in on today after winning the August 9 election and the assumption of office committee represented by Interior Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho said he was satisfied with the preparations and ready for the swearing-in ceremony.
Already over 20 heads of state have confirmed attendance with South Sudan President Silva Kiir and his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi already in the country.