Presidential Privileges Ruto Assumes as President-Elect

  • President-Elect William Ruto leaving Bomas of Kenya on August 15, 2022.
    President-Elect William Ruto leaving Bomas of Kenya on August 15, 2022.
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  • Upon being declared as the President-elect, Deputy President William Ruto became entitled to three presidential privileges accorded to a sitting head of state.

    Most importantly, as was witnessed after he won the election, Ruto's security was immediately beefed up.

    According to the Assumption of Office of the President Act 2012, the transition committee is tasked with ensuring that the President-elect and the Deputy President-elect have ample security ahead of their swearing-in into office.

    Deputy President William Ruto and security officers at his Karen Home in a past event.
    Deputy President William Ruto and security officers at his Karen Home in a past event.
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    Already, various security organs such as the elite Recce squad have been deployed to safeguard the Ruto family and his property. 

    Ruto is entitled to get security briefs from various security organs just like President Uhuru Kenyatta who is set to hand over power to his deputy on August 30, should there be no petition at the Supreme Court.

    This includes intelligence reports on the security situation of the country.

    Additionally, Ruto is entitled to access any information from any state officer in readiness of his swearing-in.

    The Assumption of Office of the President Act 2012, stipulates that Ruto can access information from any state officer in readiness for his swearing through formal writing.

    "A public officer from whom information is requested under subsection (2) shall provide the information within a reasonable time," reads the Act in part.

    Most notably any officer who fails to provide such information can be charged before a court of law.

    "A public officer who fails to comply with the provisions of this section commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding Ksh1 million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both," reads the Act in part.

    The transmission committee led by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua has already indicated that the process of transition began immediately after the declaration of Chebukati as stipulated in law.

    "Declaration of the election results sets in motion other constitutional processes for the transition going forward," Kinyua stated then.

    Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua in his office.
    Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua in his office.
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