A month after revealing a yellow standard during his inauguration ceremony at Kasarani stadium, President William Ruto has changed his official flag.
The green outline has been added to the yellow standard that was unveiled at his inauguration ceremony at Kasarani stadium one month ago.
The remaining elements of the flag, which include a black cart, two crossed spears, and a shield in the colors of the Kenyan flag, have not changed.
Images from the State House’s official social media accounts reveal that the altered flag was unveiled for the first time on Friday of last week, when he was presented with credentials by ambassadors from Turkey, France, India, and Italy.
The old standard was totally yellow and had a shield in the colors of the Kenyan flag, a black wheelbarrow, two crossed spears, and two crossed spears.
The modified standard has been displayed everywhere the President goes and on the State House social media pages for the past five days. It was also flown at Laikipia Air Base when he paid a visit to Nanyuki on Friday afternoon to commemorate Kenya Defence Forces Day.
A presidential standard is the president’s official flag, which is flown wherever he goes with the national flag and is lowered as soon as he departs.
The wheelbarrow on President Ruto’s standard is a representation of the United Democratic Party’s logo, which, according to the party’s website, represents “value, dignity, and respect of work in pursuit of an egalitarian society.”
The National Alliance Party’s emblem of two crossed spears, a shield, and a dove was displayed on a blue standard by retired president Uhuru Kenyatta.
As his successor, the late President Daniel Moi chose a green standard with a red cockerel, whereas the late President Mwai Kibaki chose a white standard with two olive branches.