President William Ruto has once again overseen modifications to the State House compound, a mere half-year after the completion of renovations on the official residence's pavements.
In this recent round of alterations, tracked by Kenyans.co.ke, based on photographs shared by his communications team, the President has opted to replace the cabro blocks that were initially installed in February this year.
The cabro blocks, now adorning the path stretching from the primary entrance of State House to the adjacent field's fence, showcase a novel design: square-shaped with curved edges.
Further enhancing the revamped landscape, the pavements exhibit an intricate pattern, characterised by the integration of smaller, white-painted cabro blocks.
Previously, the cabro blocks were rectangular and featured the traditional herringbone pattern, while the paving blocks lacked any distinct color.
During the tenure of former President Uhuru Kenyatta, the compound remained tarmacked. However when President William Ruto took over, the pavements underwent a transformation from tarmac to cabro in February 2023 .
Interestingly, amid these changes, the fountain has remained unaltered, preserving its original design.
Beyond the noticeable exterior alterations, substantial modifications have been implemented within the interior spaces, particularly within the main office.
Notable adjustments have been made to elements such as seating arrangements and curtains, among other updates. In terms of seat preference, Ruto has preferred to settle for wing chairs. His predecessor had armchairs for his guests.
Ruto has also opted for a shift in his office furnishings. Presently, his office boasts a new table that notably incorporates the emblem of the Court of Arms into its design.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta's table used to be a simple mahogany office desk, devoid of any emblem.
However, despite the changes, the Head of State has adopted the creme colour theme - a colour theme adopted by most worldwide leaders as the colour communicates openness and comfort.
What Ruto Has Retained
Ruto nonetheless has chosen to preserve several design elements that were originally introduced during the tenure of his predecessor. Among the features are a collection of artefacts that showcase Kenya's rich cultural heritage.
Particularly noteworthy is the retention of sculptures that were put in place by former First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, reflecting an appreciation for the artistic contributions that transcend administrations.
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