Ruto assigns Uhuru new job after taking oath of office
President William Ruto gave his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta a job moments after he was sworn in as the Head of State and Government at a packed Kasarani stadium on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.
Ruto while addressing the nation after taking the oath of office revealed that retired President Kenyatta would be steering peace initiatives in the region.
The President noted that his predecessor had done a commendable job steering peace initiatives, especially in the neighbouring country of Ethiopia which was affected by a bloody conflict in November 2020 after Tigray rebels attacked government soldiers.
Ruto said he requested Uhuru to be Kenya's peace envoy in the region, a mandate that his predecessor gladly accepted.
"On the peace initiatives in our region including both in Ethiopia and Great Lakes Region, I have asked my elder brother President Uhuru Kenyatta who has done commendable engagement with those regions and he has graciously agreed to continue chairing those discussions on behalf of the people of Kenya," Ruto said.
Ruto to support Uhuru's peace initiatives
The President further asserted that his new government wILL work with the retired President to support the peace initiatives that he has been tasked with.
"I have committed that the government of Kenya and myself, in particular, will support those initiatives that will be chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta. And I want to thank you for graciously agreeing to support us and to help me in those interventions," Ruto added.