Deputy President-elect Rigathi Gachagua has stated that his boss William Ruto, Kenya’s president-elect will be sworn in with or without the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Speaking during an interview at Kass Tv, Gachagua noted that the absence of president Uhuru Kenyatta will not affect the transition and handover process in any way.
His sentiments seem to be an answer to previous statements by Uhuru Kenyatta where record has it that he stated he will not hand over power to Ruto.
Gachagua affirming his statement cited the case of the US where former president Donald Trump who was defeated gave a wide berth to the swearing-in ceremony of incoming leader Joe Biden.
“What is only required during the swearing-in ceremony is the presence of the Chief Justice, it is not even that sword, that is just ceremonial,” said Kenya’s Deputy president-elect.
The likelihood of Ruto being sworn in as the 5th president of Kenya will, however, depend on the outcome of an expected petition by the Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga after he swore to challenge the outcome of presidential results.
William Samoei Ruto garnered 7,176,141 votes against Raila Odinga who got 6,942,930 votes.