Where to Buy Ruto's Official Portrait at Ksh 300

  • A collage image of President William Ruto's portrait on a wall (left) and an official presidential portrait released by the government (right).
    A collage image of President William Ruto's portrait on a wall (left) and an official presidential portrait released by the government (right).
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  • Kenyans interested in purchasing the official presidential portrait of President William Ruto will be able to get them from various departments of information across the country.

    In a statement by the office of the Government Spokesperson on Thursday, September 15, it was revealed that portraits will be sold at Ksh 300 only.

    For those in Nairobi, it was stated that the portrait will be available at the Department of Information at Uchimi House along Aga Khan walk in the Central Business District (CBD).

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    President William Ruto signs an executive order to appoint judges on September 13, 2022, at State House Nairobi. Looking on are Davis Chirchir (left) Ababu Namwamba and Deputy President Rigfathi Gachagua.
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    In the other 46 counties, the government stated that the portraits could be acquired in various county and sub-county offices under the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology (ICT).

    "Following the inauguration into office of H.E Hon. William Samoei Ruto as the President of the Republic of Kenya, we wish to inform our people that presidential portraits are now available. 

    "Offices and individuals at the county and sub-county levels can get their copies from County/Sub-county Information Officers," read the statement in part.

    The statement by the government comes days after it released the official portrait of Ruto following his inauguration at Kasarani stadium on September 13.

    As is tradition, various offices and businesses are expected to change the former President Uhuru Kenyatta's portrait with that of Ruto in significance of change of guard.

    While there is no law that stipulated that all Kenyans should display the portrait in their offices and businesses, past administrations have given different directives regarding the same.

    For instance, in 2016, the Ministry of Interior released a statement warning traders of penalties if they were found without the portrait.

    “We wish to take this early opportunity to recognise your highly esteemed position and humbly request you to display the presidential portrait at your workplace.”

    “The government will impose a penalty on all citizens who do not comply with the notice,” read the statement in part.

    However, after an uproar from Kenyans, State House stated that it was not mandatory to have the portrait.

    Former President Uhuru Kenyatta sharing a light moment with President William Ruto at Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    Former President Uhuru Kenyatta sharing a light moment with President William Ruto at Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
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