Uhuru and Ruto meet at State House

President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomes President-elect William Ruto at State House Nairobi on Monday, 12th September 2022. [PSCU]

President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta have received President-elect William Ruto and his wife, Rachel Ruto at State House Nairobi.

The ice-breaking meeting is being held on the eve of the inauguration of William Ruto as President set for tomorrow [Tuesday, September 13] at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani, Nairobi.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta welcomes Mrs. Rachel Ruto at State House Nairobi on Monday 12th September 2022. [PSCU]

The ceremonial meeting has been a tradition for outgoing presidents. In 2002, Kenya’s second president Daniel Arap Moi held a meeting with his successor Mwai Kibaki and his wife Lucy Kibaki, followed by a tour of State House.

In 2013, Mwai Kibaki hosted Uhuru Kenyatta for a similar. Later, Kibaki met with both Uhuru and Ruto before the inauguration of the duo.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta together with President-elect William Ruto and Mrs. Rachel Ruto after a meeting at State House Nairobi on Monday 12th September 2022. [PSCU]

Six days ago, following the Supreme Court judgment that upheld the victory of William Ruto, Uhuru Kenyatta gave an assurance that he would oversee a smooth transition of the next administration.

“In keeping to the pledge that I made to uphold the rule of law when I took the oath of office, I commit to executing the orders of this court to the letter. Process of handing over is in progress through the assumption of office committee,” said Kenyatta.