Dr William Ruto has been sworn in as the fifth President of Kenya.
In his inaugural speech, Dr promised to work with and for all Kenyans, irrespective of whether they voted for him or not during the August 9 polls.
“This day comes on the back of a peaceful election following an intense issue-based campaign in which major coalitions made up of strong political parties canvassed their agenda and took it for examination by the people of Kenya,” Ruto said.
“Special recognition goes to my worthy competitor and friend, Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua… I assure them that their supporters will be my constituents and I will work with all Kenyans irrespective of who they voted for,” he added.
Ruto also promised to increase the Judiciary funds by an additional Ksh3 billion and also appoint the six judges that retired President Uhuru Kenyatta declined to appoint on integrity issues.
“To further demonstrate my commitment to the independence of the Judiciary, this afternoon, I will appoint the six judges already nominated for appointment to the court of appeal which was done three years ago by the Judicial Service Commission,” Dr Ruto said.
Dr Ruto has also promised to transfer the financial authority from the office of the President to the Inspector General of Police, in a bid to streamline the security sector.
“I have given instructions for transfer of financial authority of the police from the Office of the President to the Inspector-General of Police. My administration will respect public service and none of its officers will be required to run political errands,” Ruto said.
He has also promised to form a new ministry of Co-operatives and SME development to start creating job opportunities.
Ruto has also said that he will immediately issue directives on how to revert cargo to the port of Mombasa in a bid to restore thousands of jobs in the city of Mombasa.
Ruto has also promised that fertiliser will be available for Ksh3,500 for a 50Kg bag from next week.
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