President William Ruto made history on Thursday during his inaugural address to the joint sitting of the bicameral House by delivering a 34-minute speech which is believed to have been the shortest address by a president in such a sitting.
Addressing the newly elected Parliament, this served as the official opening of the 13th parliament in accordance to the constitution in a session that was held in the National Assembly Chamber, Main Parliament Buildings.
Among the high-ranking officials present at the Parliament Building during the address by the 5th head of state includes Chief Justice Martha Koome, former Chief Justice David Maraga, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Attorney General nominee Justin Muturi and governors; Johnson Sakaja, Anne Waiguru, Kenneth Lusaka among others.
The clergy was also highly represented and led a 23-minute prayer session making some of the leaders from the opposition criticize this move with claims that things were overdone.
Moments before he delivered his speech, Speaker of the senate Amason Kingi and Speaker of the National assembly Moses Wetangula brought the house to order.
While delivering his speech, Ruto who was accompanied by First Lady Rachel brought the parliament to share a moment of laughter after he reminisced how he felt like an opposition leader while still serving as a Deputy President.
“It only happens in Kenya where the opposition leader won the election and became president and the president became the leader of the opposition, that’s the beauty of our democracy,” he stated
Also highlighted in his speech was his governance plan where he touched on matters of borrowing, CDF, and vowed to lead the country in an open and transparent manner.
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