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Uhuru Speaks on Handing over Power to Ruto: ‘I’ll Hand Over Smiling’

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Outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta and President-elect William Ruto PHOTO/COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta has spoken on handing over power to President-elect William Ruto.

Speaking during an Azimio parliamentary group on Wednesday, September 7, the Head of State said he is willing to hand over power peacefully.

Uhuru said he will hand over power as stipulated in the constitution but the same doesn’t mean that he supports Ruto.

He retaliated that his choice has always been Raila Odinga.

“I will hand over power smiling because it’s my Constitutional duty but my leader is Baba, Raila Odinga. Politics is not a matter to keep in your pockets,” Uhuru said.


President Uhuru Kenyatta PHOTO/COURTESY

As earlier reported on, Deputy President-elect Rigathi Gachagua that it is not a must for Uhuru to attend Ruto’s swearing-in ceremony.

In an interview with Kass TV, 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

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“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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