Shortly after President William Ruto was sworn-in as Kenya’s fifth Head of State, social media accounts and digital platforms related to the President’s office were changed to reflect the change of guard.
President Ruto’s Twitter and Facebook accounts previously had a bio reading “President-elect, Republic of Kenya ”, along with a header image of the UDA party leader receiving his certificate of clearance from IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati after being declared president-elect on August 15.
But after being sworn in on Tuesday, 12:47 PM, they were changed to “President of The Republic of Kenya” and the header image changed to a photo of him taking the oath of office at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani before Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi.
On the State House social media pages which initially bore a State House banner as profile pictures, a portrait of President Ruto and the photo of him taking the oath were updated as profile picture and header respectively.
“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24,” read the first social media post on the accounts after Ruto took over.
The official president’s website was at the same time wiped clean and a portrait of Dr. Ruto and his yellow presidential standard, which features a wheelbarrow, were put up instead.
“His Excellency Dr.William Samoei Ruto, C.G.H. President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-In-Chief of the Defence Forces,” was written in bold as the header.
President Ruto’s yellow presidential standard and the wheelbarrow signifies his bottom-up economic model.
Chief Registrar of Judiciary Anne Amadi administered the Oath of Allegiance of the President at 12:45PM, and thereafter the Oath of Execution of the Office of the President to Dr. Ruto at 12:47 PM.
Ms. Amadi administered the oaths in the presence of Chief Justice Martha Koome and Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki.
First Lady Rachael Ruto was also by Ruto’s side.
In the presence of AG Kihara, Dr. Ruto then proceeded to sign the certificates of the oaths of office.
CJ Koome also signed the certificates and presented them to President Ruto.
The new Head of State also received the Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart award, highest accolade in the country.