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TREASURY: William Ruto swearing-in to cost Sh200 million in taxpayers money

President-elect William Ruto’s swearing-in ceremony is set to gobble up Sh200 million in taxpayer money.

The Treasury has provided Sh200 million for next week’s swearing-in ceremony of President-elect William Ruto after the Supreme Court upheld his election victory on Monday.

Some of the money caters for decoration, logistics, suppliers, entertainment and other costs.

The Treasury allocated funds to the Assumption of Office committee that is preparing for the transition of power from President Uhuru Kenyatta to Dr Ruto.

“The allocation of Sh200 million under the Executive Office of the President is provided for in the National Treasury for Assumption of Office activities,” the Treasury says in a report on the Pre-Election Economic Update.

The Assumption of Office of the President Act, 2012, outlines the procedure that must be followed to ensure the winner of a presidential election ascends to power within specific timelines.

The Act establishes a 20-member Assumption of the Office of President committee chaired by the Secretary to the Cabinet.

The law mandates the State to declare the day of the swearing-in as a public holiday. The Act also specifies the exact times for particular activities, indicating that the oath is taken between 10am and 2pm on the identified date.

Chief Justice Martha Koome will administer the oath of office to the President-elect alongside the registrar of the High Court.

Once President-elect, William Ruto is sworn in his Deputy, Rigathi Gachagua will also take the oath of office after which President Uhuru Kenyatta will be expected to hand over the instruments of power such as the Constitution and the sword of power to the new head of State.

President Kenyatta is expected to hand over the instruments of power including a sword, symbolising the unveiling of a new commander in chief.

Kenyans wait to see whether Uhuru will show up after refusing to congratulate Ruto on his election victory and disagreeing with the Supreme Court judgement.

President kenyatta has however promised a smooth transition.

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