Editor's Review

The Head of State realised his deputy had been skipped.

President William Ruto prevented a protocol breach on Tuesday, July 9, after signing the IEBC Amendment Bill 2024 into law to allow his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, make his remarks.

National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung'wah, who co-chaired the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO), had invited Azimio leader Raila Odinga to give his speech and asked him to invite the president thereafter.

However, when the former Prime Minister finished making his remarks and invited President Ruto to speak, the Head of State invited his deputy to speak after realising he had been skipped.

"Before I make some remarks, I have listened carefully to the leaders who have spoken and each one of them has spoken passionately about the future of our country as it should be. But let me ask my deputy to make a few remarks so that I can conclude," the president stated.

According to protocol, in official functions where the president and his deputy are present, the deputy should invite the president to make his remarks.

President William Ruto signs the IEBC Amendment Bill 2024 into law.

Meanwhile, in his speech, President Ruto urged all leaders to come and work together to chart a way forward for the country.  

"As a way of charting the future from the current situation we are facing, I welcome leaders and other stakeholders, for us to work together and address the current economic situation through a broad-based political arrangement to rally the country forward," the president remarked.

On his part, the DP asked all Kenyans at large to give dialogue a chance, urging them to get off the streets and stay away from the destruction of property.

He maintained that the president has the capacity to lead the country in a direction where there is consultation and where all Kenyans can agree on the way forward.

"Now that the president has called upon discussion with the young people of Kenya and all leaders, we call upon the people of Kenya to give dialogue a chance. Get off the streets and stay away from the destruction of property because Kenya is greater than all of us," Gachagua remarked.