Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has declared Tuesday, September 13 a national holiday to commemorate the swearing-in of President-elect William Ruto.
In a gazette notice dated September 8, Matiang'i noted that the holiday will allow Kenyans to follow the swearing-in of Ruto scheduled to take place at Kasarani stadium.
"It is notified for the general information of the public that the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, in the exercise of the powers conferred by section of the Public Holidays Act, declares Tuesday, the 13th September 2022, a public holiday, being the date of the swearing-in of the President-elect and Deputy President-elect," read the gazette notice in part.
As per the law, the day set for the swearing-in of a new president is gazetted a national holiday to allow Kenyans to witness the transition of power from one administration to the next.
The announcement by the CS came after, the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua who chairs the Assumption of Office committee gazetted the Swearing-in of Ruto.
It was revealed that the Karasarani stadium event will begin at 10 am.
"In the exercise of the powers conferred by section 12 (2) of the Amption of the Office of the President Act. 2012. It is notified by the Assumption of the Office of President Committee that the swearing-in ceremony of the President-elect shall take place on Tuesday, 13th September 2022, at the Moi International Sports Centre. Kasarani, in Nairobi City County, commencing at 10.00 O'clock in the forenoon," read the notice in part.
Ruto will take the oath of office on Tuesday following the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold his election victory in the concluded August 9 polls.
The Kinyua-led committee have been leading the preparations for the event in recent weeks with Ksh200 million allocated for the swearing-in ceremony.
Preparation of Kasarani stadium is still underway with the military also making preparation to usher in the incoming commander of the armed forces.
During the Tuesday event, President Uhuru Kenyatta will hand over a sword and the constitution to signify a change of power from his administration to Ruto's government.
Riuto will take oath of office in the presence of Chief Justice Martha Koome or Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu in the absence of the president of the Supreme Court.
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