Former Chief Justice (CJ) David Maraga has dismissed a tweet indicating that he called for President-elect William Ruto’s swearing in.
The tweet which has been a topic of discussion online showed that Maraga had upheld Ruto’s win in the just-concluded general election.
The purported statement by the former CJ noted that Ruto should be sworn in on August 30 having won the presidential election ‘fairly and squarely’.
However, Maraga has since distanced himself from the tweet clarifying that it is fake, further urging Kenyans to ignore it.
“This tweet circulating on social media purporting to be authored by me is FAKE, please ignore,” he wrote.
This tweet circulating on social media purporting to be authored by me is FAKE, please ignore. pic.twitter.com/e89Wbpj9bx
— David Maraga (@dkmaraga) August 23, 2022
The fake tweet has since been deleted.
Elsewhere, Deputy President-elect Rigathi Gachagua that it is not a must for President Uhuru Kenyatta to attend President-elect William Ruto’s swearing-in ceremony.
Gachagua insisted that Uhuru will not be forced to attend the ceremony or even congratulate Ruto.
The DP-elect stated that the event only requires the presence of Chief Justice Martha Koome and Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, Anne Amadi, who will conduct the oath taking ceremony.
“Up to now, President Kenyatta hasn’t spoken to President-elect Ruto either through phone call or any other means. It is his right because we cannot force him
“If he doesn’t want to congratulate the president-elect, it is okay but plans for William Ruto to take over leadership of the country is going on smoothly since it is in the Constitution,” Gachagua said.
Gachagua also noted that the handing over of the sword which signifies the transition of power does not require Uhuru’s presence.
“I want to tell Kenyans not to be worried, it is our hope that President Uhuru Kenyatta will be a gentleman the same way President Mwai Kibaki handed him power, he will also be democratic and attend the event, hand over the sword, say some few things then we proceed to State House together for some induction but if he doesn’t do it, it is okay because the plan will go on
“It is our prayer that President Uhuru Kenyatta whom we have worked together for 10 years, it would be good for him to be a gentleman, democratic, respect people’s decision, attend the ceremony, hand over the sword and bid Kenyans goodbye,” he stated.
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