Inside President Ruto’s changes in his new residence, State House
President William Ruto is not yet done making changes at his new residential home, State House, following his inauguration as the 5th President of Kenya.
While flagging off relief food to be distributed to the mostly hit areas by drought in the country at State House on Monday, President Ruto’s lectern – the podium he speaks from – evidently appeared different from that of his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Ruto’s lectern is inverted V-Shape painted cream, compared to a simple lectern of Mr Kenyatta.
He said the government was determined to pursue proactive interventions to ensure that the food crisis is tackled once and for all.
At State House, Nairobi flagged off relief food to vulnerable households in Garissa, Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Baringo and Kajiado Counties. pic.twitter.com/zo5kggXEbS
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) September 26, 2022
Also, the new administration has done away with Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) that was used by Mr Kenyatta, and used Presidential Press Service (PPS), which was used by the late president Mwai Kibaki and Daniel Moi.
Also, President Ruto has ensured that the State House social media pages have yellow theme color, which is the colour of his party, United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
Another change is the president.go.ke website.
President Ruto’s team has disabled the website that was active until a day after he took the oath of office on September 13, 2022, at Kasarani stadium.
There is no information in the website apart from the president’s portrait and his standard flag.
Initially, the former president’s press team were uploading the press releases and state’s functions to the website, which was useful for reference.
The administration of President Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua has came into office when the country is facing a number of challenges including inflation and the drought that has affected millions of Kenyans.
The president held a meeting with governors drawn from drought-stricken counties at State House to discuss the way forward.
Earlier, the government said it had reorganised its budget to cater for relief food.
President Ruto said that about 3.1 million Kenyans in Northern Kenya are in dire need of food due to poor rain patterns.