Ruto took the oath of office in a peaceful handover ceremony attended by 20 Heads of State including Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi, Felix Tshisekedi of DRC and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda among others.
Ruto was born in 1966. He won the August 9 elections, with 50.4% votes over his rival Raila Odinga who obtained 48,9%.
Odinga challenged election results and filed an appeal but ended in vain as the Supreme Court confirmed the victory of Ruto.
During a ceremony held on Tuesday 13th September 2022 at Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi; Uhuru Kenyatta, the outgoing president, handed over instruments of power to Ruto amid tight security in and around the venue.
The ceremony brought together thousands of Kenyans and dignitaries from different corners of the world in support of the new president.
Ruto took the allegiance and office oaths where he pledged to protect the constitution, defend national integrity and sovereignty, truly and diligently serve Kenyans and the Republic of Kenya and diligently discharge his duties.
He also vowed to deliver justice to all in accordance with the constitution, and the laws of Kenya without fear, favor, affection and ill will.
After signing the two oaths, Ruto received the certificate of inauguration and office instruments from his predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta.
His deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, was also sworn in shortly after him.