At least 20 Heads of State from all around Africa are expected to join President Uhuru Kenyatta in welcoming President-elect William Ruto on Tuesday at the Moi International Sports Center in Kasarani.
According to the Committee of Assumption of Office, which stated yesterday that Mr. Kenyatta will head the delegation of Heads of State and other dignitaries, Dr. Ruto will be sworn in as the fifth president while Mr. Kenyatta will be there to observe the ceremony.
At least 2,500 VIPs are also anticipated, according to the organizing committee, among them senior government officials from various countries in the area and abroad as well as diplomats.
Interior principal secretary Karanja Kibicho, a member of the assumption committee, stated during a rehearsal ceremony conducted by a multi-agency team made up of representatives of the judiciary, the military, and other governmental agencies in charge of the Tuesday event that open invitations had also been extended to Kenyans.
On Tuesday, we anticipate having roughly 60,000 Kenyans. About 2,500 VIPs and 20 Heads of State from other African countries will also be present for the swearing-in. Dr. Kibicho stated that President Uhuru Kenyatta would also be present in person to present the award. The day’s activities are scheduled to begin at around 7 a.m., and the gate will be accessible to the public at 4 a.m. The Kenya Defense Forces and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are developing the day’s procedures, he continued.
He added, “We have also made security plans; there will be roughly 10,000 police personnel on duty both at Kasarani and downtown Nairobi to offer adequate security for those who would be attending the event and to all Kenyans.”
The newsdesk reporters was informed by Dr. Ruto’s team that all East African Community (EAC) presidents are anticipated to attend the swearing-in ceremony at Kasarani Stadium while Dr. Kibicho was speaking. They are Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Évariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi, and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.
The announcement of sending a “strong delegation” for the event that will formally usher in Dr. Ruto’s administration as President Kenyatta leaves office after serving the maximum of two terms has been made by both the United States of America and China.
According to former Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu Namwamba, the team claimed that it had issued invitations to numerous Heads of State in Africa and around the world.
It is anticipating assistance from people across the nation. In a note to state agencies and governors, the incoming Ruto government forbade the use of public funds for celebratory greetings in print and electronic media, calling it a waste of money.
However, the new administration is anticipated to spend hundreds of millions of shillings on the celebration, which will include transporting supporters to Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium from all around the nation.
Top officials from the United Nations (UN), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Commonwealth, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), African Union (AU), and European Union will participate, according to Mr. Namwamba, who is in charge of sending out invitations (EU).
According to Mr. Namwamba, officials of the international organizations have confirmed their attendance, including Moussa Faki Mahamat, chair of the African Union Commission.
“You are aware that our preparations are nearing their conclusion. We will do the final assessment of the level of readiness today (Saturday). So far, a sizable number of nations have confirmed their attendance, according to Mr. Namwamba.
More governments, according to the former Budalang’i MP, were still working to confirm their attendance.
“Confirmations continue to arrive. The venue should be filled. We will have a complete list before the end of business today (Saturday). For the EAC region, heads of state are anticipated. All of the members of the House should be present.
Top government representatives from Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, and other African nations are also expected to join the team.
He continued, “We anticipate a strong delegation from the US, China, India, and Israel outside of Africa.
The invitation has also been sent to the government of Qatar, whose ambassador, Jabor bin Ali Hussein, met with Dr. Ruto at his official residence in Karen. He said that the foreign dignitaries’ invites were being coordinated by Dr. Ruto’s team with the Interior and Foreign Affairs Ministries.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken an active role. Additionally, the Interior Ministry is actively involved. The process is moving forward so smoothly. The visitors are guests of the State and the Kenyan People, according to Mr. Namwamba.