The swearing-in ceremony of President-elect William Ruto and his deputy-elect Rigathi Gachagua will cost taxpayers Ksh.200 million.
This is according to the National Treasury’s Pre-election budget update report which indicates the fund is meant to ensure a smooth transition from the outgoing government to the new administration.
“Ksh.200 million has been provided in the FY 2022-2023 budget to undertake Assumption of Office activities to ensure a smooth transition to the next administration after the General Election,” reads the report.
The Assumption Committee led by the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua shall oversee the spending of the inaugural fete which will take place on September 13, 2022.
The law stipulates that the swearing-in ceremony must take place any time between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm.
Oath of office will be administered by the Registrar of Judiciary in the presence of Chief Justice Martha Koome.
Among key public figures nominated by Ruto to oversee his inaugural fete are the outgoing National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party Secretary General Veronica Maina and Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei as co-opted members of the assumption committee.