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Ruto invites over 40 Heads of State for his inauguration

Ruto invites over 40 Heads of State for his inauguration which is scheduled for Tuesday next week at Kasarani stadium.

Former Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Ababu Namwamba, who led Ruto’s international relations docket at the presidential campaign secretariat has revealed that more than 40 Heads of State have been invited to Ruto’s inauguration.

East African Presidents have been invited, with Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, Ruto’s ally, expected to attend.

President Museveni has been chummy with William Ruto since the first term of the Jubilee administration. 

He is one of the few leaders who have had a phone conversation with the President-elect after the Supreme Court upheld his victory on Monday.

Johnson Muthama, chairman of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), a significant member of the President-inner elect’s circle, told the nation that they had invited all heads of state who had come out to congratulate William Ruto without specifying the number of international dignitaries they anticipate.

“It is going to be a big event and between today and tomorrow, we expect those invited to confirm their attendance,” said a member of Ruto’s transition committee who is not authorized to speak to the press.

Heads of state from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and Egypt, are among those who have been invited.

Also expected are representatives of the European Union, the African Union, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development. Others are from the United Kingdom, the US, China, India, and Russia.

Dr. Alfred Mutua also revealed that they had taken over the inauguration preparations and had guided the military on what the President-elect expected on the day.

“I was personally at Kasarani today (Wednesday) to supervise the preparations and inform them of the changes which need to be made. We do not want to see any congestion or people injured because of improper planning. We want the flow of people and dignitaries to be smooth. I was also there to catch any mistake early enough,” said Dr. Mutua.

He added: “We want when people come in, they know where they are going to sit and how to access transport to get in and out. Secondly, we expect a good show on Tuesday from all over the world.”

Mutua said the President-elect was still having consultations with the military before coming up with his standard colours to be unveiled on Tuesday.

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