IN PICTURES: Ruto's Swearing-in Ceremony

  • President William Ruto taking oath of office at the Kasarani Stadium during his inauguration on September 13, 2022.
    President William Ruto taking oath of office at the Kasarani Stadium during his inauguration on September 13, 2022.
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  • President William Ruto took oath of office as Kenya's fifth president at the Kasarani Stadium on September 13 at 12:44 pm.

    Ruto was accompanied by First Lady Rachel Ruto who held the constitution during the oath-taking

    From Left: First lady Racheal Ruto, President William Ruto, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Second Lady Dorcas Gachagua Kneeling down for prayers at Kasarani on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    From Left: First lady Rachel Ruto, President William Ruto, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Second Lady Dorcas Gachagua Kneeling down for prayers at Kasarani on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
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    Afterwards, his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua also took oath of office which was administered by Chief Registrar of Judiciary Anne Amadi.

    President William Ruto takes his oath of office alongside his wife Rachel Ruto at the Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.jpg
    President William Ruto takes his oath of office alongside his wife Rachel Ruto at the Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.jpg
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    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua takes the oath of office at Kasarani stadium on September 13, 2022.
    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua takes the oath of office at Kasarani stadium on September 13, 2022.
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    I, William Samoei Ruto, in full realisation of the high calling I assume as 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 the 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," Ruto swore.

    President William Ruto receiving a notice from his aide at during his inauguration ceremony at Kasarani on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    President William Ruto receiving a notice from his aide at during his inauguration ceremony at Kasarani on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
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    Chief Justice Martha Koome witnessed the swearing-in ceremony; Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi administered the oath.

    Immediately after, the Head of State received instruments of power from his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta who handed over a copy of the 2010 Constitution of Kenya and a sword to signify a change of power from one administration to the next.

    President William Ruto receives the instruments of power from President Uhuru Kenyatta on September 13, 2022.
    President William Ruto receives the instruments of power from President Uhuru Kenyatta on September 13, 2022.
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    Former President Uhuru Kenyatta inspecting a guard of honor at Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    Former President Uhuru Kenyatta inspecting a guard of honor at Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
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    KDF officers marching during Ruto's inauguration on September 13, 2022.
    KDF officers marching during Ruto's inauguration on September 13, 2022.
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    Uhuru was accompanied by former First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

    Ruto's inauguration saw over 70,000 people attend the Kasarani event. According to the police, the stadium was full by 5 am in the morning.

    Kenyans at the Kasarani stadium attending President William Ruto's inauguration on September 13, 2022.
    Kenyans at the Kasarani stadium attending President William Ruto's inauguration on September 13, 2022.
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    From Right: President William Ruto and outgoing First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    From Right: President William Ruto and outgoing First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
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    Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Racheal Omamo receiving visiting Heads of State at Kasarani Stadium on September 13, 2022.
    Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Racheal Omamo receiving visiting Heads of State at Kasarani Stadium on September 13, 2022.
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    The event was also graced by Foreign Heads of State such as Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Samia Suluhu (Tanzania), Paull Kagame (Rwanda), Félix Tshisekedi (Congo) among others.

    H.E Cleophas Sipho Dlamini, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Eswatini, Swaziland being received by Hon. Moses Kuria on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    H.E Cleophas Sipho Dlamini, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Eswatini, Swaziland being received by Hon. Moses Kuria on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
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    Other notable dignitaries who graced the event were African Tycoon Aliko Dangote and African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki.

    Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and President Samia Suluhu of Tanzania at Uhuru's inauguration on September 13, 2022.
    Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and President Samia Suluhu of Tanzania at Uhuru's inauguration on September 13, 2022.
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