Kenya’s President Ruto sworn in

By Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent

Dr William Ruto has been sworn in as Kenya’s 5th President at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani.

Several heads of state and government including President Emmerson Mnangagwa witnessed the swearing-in ceremony.

By early morning, the stadium which has a carrying capacity of 60 000 was filled to the brim.

Dr Ruto takes over from President Uhuru Kenyatta who was in office since 2013.

The new Kenyan President secured 50.4 percent of the votes, beating his closest challenger, Mr Raila Odinga who got 48.8% of the poll.

Mr Odinga however disputed the results, alleging some irregularities but the outcome was upheld by the Kenyan Supreme Court.

As he took to the podium to address the thousands who gathered at the stadium, President Ruto said he will work with all Kenyans and also pledged to prioritise job creation.

Zimbabwe and Kenya share cordial relations resulting in the signing of several Memoranda of Understanding between the two countries.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited the East African country in March this year for a three-day state visit.

The two countries are expected to work together on several fronts which include tourism and wildlife conservation.

In 2021, Zimbabweans who came to Kenya in 1959 and were being considered stateless were granted citizenship by the Kenyan government.