By Chijioke Okoronkwo, Nairobi.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, alongside presidents of 21 other countries on Tuesday in Nairobi, attended the inauguration of William Ruto as the President of Kenya.
The event, held at the Kasarani Stadium, is Kenya’s fifth presidential inauguration.
Ruto was declared winner of the Aug. 9 presidential election after defeating rival, Raila Odinga.
Ruto, 55, served as Kenya’s deputy president since 2013 when he was elected as outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s running mate.
In October 2014, he served as acting President when Kenyatta honoured an invitation to face some criminal charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.
Kenyatta’s charges were later dropped.
Ruto’s inauguration ceremony featured inspection of guards, swearing-in, military parades, transfer of sword, seal, Kenyan Constitution to the new president, musical renditions and cultural displays, among others.
Presidents who attended the ceremony, include those of Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Zimbabwe, Republic of Congo, Somalia, Seychelles, Mozambique, Malawi, Guinea Bissau, Chad, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Comoros, Zimbabwe, Eswantini, Sudan, Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Other countries represented in official capacity include Iran, France, Japan, Palestine, Egypt, China, UK, India, Qatar, Botswana, Morocco, Germany, Australia, Togo, Netherlands, The Gambia and United Arab Emirates (UAE), among others.
Chairperson of AU, representatives of the Commonwealth, other regional and international bodies were also at the event.
In his speech, Ruto applauded the Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for creditably acquitting itself under “exceptionally challenging circumstances”.