20 Heads of State expected in Kenya for Ruto’s inauguration

Kenyan President-elect William Ruto delivers remarks at a news conference. /CFP
Kenyan President-elect William Ruto delivers remarks at a news conference. /CFP

At least 20 Heads of State are expected in Kenya for Tuesday’s inauguration of president-elect William Ruto, the Principal Secretary in the Interior Ministry, Karanja Kibicho said.

Kibicho made the announcement on Saturday as the Assumption of Office Committee toured Kasarani Stadium in the capital, Nairobi, where the event will be held. He however did not reveal the identities of the leaders expected.

He also noted that some 60,000 people will be allowed in the grounds to witness the swearing-in of the East African country’s new leader.

The government already gazetted Tuesday as a national holiday to allow the public to attend the ceremony.

Ruto beat former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the August 9 elections to be declared the successor of Uhuru Kenyatta, who has completed his constitutionally-mandated two-terms in office.

Odinga challenged Ruto’s win at the Supreme Court of Kenya, but the court’s seven-judge bench upheld the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s declared result.

Alongside Ruto, RIgathi Gachagua will also be sworn in as Kenya’s new Deputy President.