More than 40 heads have accepted President-elect William Ruto’s invitation to his inauguration, which is scheduled for next Tuesday. From the continent, invitations have been extended to the heads of state of Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and Egypt. Additionally expected are officials from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the African Union, and the European Union.
Following Dr. Ruto’s team’s incorporation into the transition committee, the team includes UDA Secretary General Veronica Maina, Justin Muturi, Maendeleo Chap Chap leader Alfred Mutua, and Uasin Gishu Woman Representative-elect Gladys Shollei—who has assumed control of the swearing-in ceremony.
Presidents of East Africa have been invited, and Dr. Ruto’s ally Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, is anticipated to attend.
Dr. Ruto and President Museveni have been friends since the Jubilee administration’s first term. The two’s friendship, which had begun to draw criticism, compelled Mr. Museveni to declare late last month that his administration would not support a candidate in the just-concluded elections.
Since the Supreme Court validated his victory on Monday, only a few political figures—including Mr. Museveni—have spoken on the phone with the President-elect.
“I called Mr. Ruto to wish him well following the Supreme Court’s majority judgment to affirm his election as Kenya’s fifth president. He and I will collaborate to further the EAC agenda and develop our strategic alliance. The people of Kenya are blessed by God, “In a tweet, he remarked.
A member of Dr. Ruto’s transition committee who isn’t allowed to speak to the press stated, “It’s going to be a large event, and we expect those invited to confirm their participation between today and tomorrow.”
A significant member of the President-inner elect’s circle and chairman of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), Johnson Muthama, told the Nation that they had invited all heads of state who had come out to greet Dr. Ruto without specifying the number of international dignitaries they anticipate coming.
Didmus Barasa, the newly elected MP for Kimilili, continued, “Our staff is finalizing who has been excluded, but I am aware that we will have so many international dignitaries.”
The Nation understands that some of the countries whose leaders have been invited include Qatar, whose ambassador Jabor bin Ali Hussein spoke with Dr. Ruto yesterday in Karen, Nairobi, in addition to the heads of state from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and Egypt who have also been invited from the continent.
Representatives of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the African Union, and the European Union are also anticipated. Others come from the US, China, India, Russia, the UK, and the US.
Dr. Mutua revealed to The Nation yesterday that his team had assumed control of the inaugural preparations and instructed the military on what the President-elect hopes to accomplish that day.
“Today (Wednesday), I personally visited Kasarani to oversee the preparations and notify them of the necessary revisions. We do not want any traffic jams or accidents caused by poor planning. We want dignitaries and citizens to move through the area smoothly. I was also present to spot any mistakes early, Dr. Mutua stated.
“We want people to know where they are going to sit and how to get transportation when they come in,” he continued. Second, we anticipate a strong performance on Tuesday from people around the globe.
Dr. Mutua claimed that before deciding on his standard colors, which will be revealed on Tuesday, the President-elect was still consulting with the military.
In a brief statement yesterday, Dr. Ruto stated that he spoke on the phone with outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, he did not state the time of the contact.
He stated that the transition envisioned by our democratic heritage and practice was reviewed along with the recently ended general election.
Dr. Ruto claimed they hadn’t spoken in “months” during a press conference on Monday, immediately after the Supreme Court declared him the winner. Still, he would be contacting President Kenyatta to talk about the transition.
In addition, President Kenyatta vowed to give his deputy the reins of power, stopping rumors that he could ignore the event.
Rigathi Gachagua Announcement
Initially, Deputy President-elect Rigathi Gachagua declared that the retiring President would not be required to attend their swearing-in.
“Nowhere in the Constitution does it state that William Ruto must succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta. The procedure for William Ruto’s election to office is outlined in the Constitution, according to Mr. Gachagua.
“Even on the day we travel to Kasarani, if President Uhuru Kenyatta comes, we will be grateful and pleased, but if he doesn’t attend, the swearing-in will still occur because he lacks the legal authority to transfer power to William Ruto,” he continued. Donald Trump missed Joe Biden’s inauguration in America because he was traveling.