How it went down at President Ruto's inauguration

Former president Uhuru Kenyatta handed the gold coated ceremonial sword and constitution to Ruto which symbolises the transition of power

Uhuru handed over power to Ruto at Kasarani Stadium
Former president Uhuru Kenyatta and President William Ruto Uhuru handed over power to Ruto at Kasarani Stadium
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It's official Dr. William Samoei Ruto has on the 13th of September been sworn in as the 5th president of the republic of Kenya.

His swearing in ceremony was graced by thousands of Kenyans as well as some of the top performing gospel and secular artists who put on a magnificent display of their talents.

Wearing a dark grey suit paired with a bright yellow tie, the President while clutching a Bible as he took the oath of office pledged to "protect and uphold, the sovereignty, integrity and dignity of the people of Kenya" as Kenyans who'd flocked the stadium cheered and ululated 

"I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Kenya," Ruto said.

as he arrived at his swearing in ceremony
The 5th president of Kenya William Ruto as he arrived at his swearing in ceremony
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His running mate, Rigathi Gachagua also took the oath of office as Deputy President.

In his speech he said, "I will always truly and diligently serve the people and the Republic of Kenya in the office of the deputy president. I will do justice to all without fear, favour, affection and ill will."

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta handed over the Constitution to a smiling and clearly elated Ruto as part of the handing over of instruments of power which symbolises the transition of power.

The Constitution is handed over as a symbol that the country is governed by the rule of law, which is supposed to be the guide in the choices the President makes.

Afterwards, Uhuru watched as his blue presidential standard was lowered on one pole while the Ruto's new presidential standard/ flag was hoisted

Immediately after receiving the instruments of power, Kenya Defence Forces welcomed the new commander in chief with the ceremonial 21-gun salute.

Ruto's first order as President and Commander-In-Chief of the Defence Forces was to command a break on the Guard of Honour that had been inspected by Uhuru before he handed over power.

Ruto's presidential flag
Ruto's presidential flag

The ceremonial sword, made of stainless steel handle and a gold-coated blade, which is traditionally kept at the office of the President in Harambee House, Nairobi, was also handed over from the former president to the newly elected and sworn in leader.

Uhuru on Monday held talks with his successor William Ruto and appealed to him to serve all Kenyans equally as he assumes office.

In his valedictory speech to the country, which was his first time acknowledging Ruto's win, he congratulated the president elect on his victory as he wished him success in his service to Kenyans.

“Mr President-elect, as you walk the path to your inauguration and beyond, you will be President not just for those who voted for you but for all Kenyans,” Uhuru told Ruto.

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