By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has publicly congratulated President-elect William Ruto for the first time since his win in the 9 August election.
In a speech outlining his administration’s key successes, the outgoing president, who had backed veteran politician Raila Odinga to succeed him, said he would attend Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony.
Last week, the Supreme Court dismissed several petitions that had challenged Ruto’s victory however, Kenyatta later revealed that he will hand over power because it is his constitutional mandate but his leader will be Odinga.
Kenyatta urged his successor to serve all Kenyans irrespective of their political persuasions, saying that the country had undergone a consequential transformation during his tenure.
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) September 12, 2022
Among the achievements he highlighted were strengthening the country’s devolution system and the admission of the Democratic Republic of Congo into the East African Community.
Ruto will be sworn in as the fifth President of Kenya within an hour of his arrival at Kasarani International Stadium later today.
The swearing-in and inauguration will kick off with the entry of Kenyatta aboard the Commander-in-Chief’s ceremonial vehicle.
Kenyatta will then inspect a full parade mounted by the Kenya Defence Forces under Lt-Col Gilbert Kinanga’s command.
The team tasked to oversee Tuesday’s transition revealed that preparations are now complete, with more than 20 heads of state invited to attend the ceremony.