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Acting President William Ruto holds several meetings on day one as acting President

By Geoffrey Mosoku | October 8th 2014
Acting President William Ruto at work in Harambee house Nairobi , on Tuesday

Acting President William Ruto spent the first day in his new role in several meetings at his new address, Harambee House, in Nairobi.

Mr Ruto arrived early in the morning in a presidential motorcade and headed straight for his new, albeit temporary, office.

Most of his aides led by Chief of Staff Maryanne Kitany, Private Secretary Reuben Maiyo and Communications Secretary David Mugonyi also crossed the road from Harambee House Annex to join their boss at the new station.

The officials held a joint meeting with those in the Office of the President led by Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua before the ODP staff returned to their work station satisfied that their boss was firmly in the hands of Uhuru's handlers.

Only Ruto's Personal Assistant, Farouk Kibet, was left to operate from Harambee House.

When The Standard visited OP, armed officers from the paramilitary General Service Unit were manning the building in the same way they do when the President is present.

Ruto started enjoying presidential privileges on Monday evening soon after his boss Uhuru Kenyatta handed power over to him through a gazette notice to pave the way for his travel to the International Crinimal Court as a private citizen.

However, Ruto did not have the services of the aide de camp, and the blue flag on top of Harambee House signifying Uhuru's presence was missing, since these are preserves of the President in his capacity as Commander in Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces. Inside the second floor office, the blue flag alongside the Kenyan flag and coat of arms were conspicuous.

The acting President later met the Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPs), Grete Faremo. She was accompanied by United Nations Development Programme resident representative Nardos Bekele-Thomas. Present at the meeting was the UNOPs Director for Africa Regional Office Garry Conille.

Separately, the acting President also met Kenya National Commission for Unesco officials led by Evangeline Njoka, the deputy secretary general. The officials briefed Ruto on preparations being made to celebrate 50 years of Unesco in Kenya.

Ruto also met briefly with Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology Fred Matiang'i. Earlier, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua briefed the acting President.

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