President William Ruto's 1 hour-and-10-minute speech draws reactions

Online users said President's Ruto's speech was devoid of a connection with the common mwananchi, and was long and elitist.

Below are some of the sampled reactions from Kenyans on Twitter:

Edwin H. Dande (@ehdande) said: "What's happening? President Ruto today looks detached from his speech... He is just reading it. No emotions, connection, vigour or passion. Just neutral. No off the cuff comments."

Etuku Ham (@hametuku) said: "I've slept and woken up, and Ruto is still reading his speech."

Kipkoech Arap Chepkiruok (@Arapchepkiruok) said: "Today you (the president's speechwriters) have given Ruto a very long speech. It's almost an hour now and still counting."

Bii (@bii_amon) said: "I slept in the middle of that long speech. I don't understand [the message the president is putting across]."

Ngong'u Kiarie (@Joekiash) said: "President Ruto's speech today is too long. I think it should be circulated to schools and used as a set book. It has a campaign tone. Boss (Ruto), you're now on the steering wheel. [We need] action."

Voice of Langata (@Midila_Thunder) said: "When a speech is too long, and there's no tonal variations and dramatisation, it becomes a lullaby however informative it could be."

In the address, President Ruto said, among other things, that the Hustlers' Fund which he'll officially roll out on December 1, will allow SMEs to save under the programme, and for every savings made, the government will add to it half the amount.

The Head of State also directed the Kenya Forest Service to hire an additional 2,700 forest rangers and 600 forest officers to protect water towers and fight off encroachment.

At the start of his address, he thanked Kenyans for voting for the "son of a peasant" as the country's fifth president.