The Presidential Flag of His Excellency President William Samoei Ruto. The President of the Republic of Kenya (Swahili: Rais wa Jamhuri ya Kenya) is the head of state and head of government of the Republic of Kenya. The President is also the head of the executive branch of the Government of Kenya. The current president is William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto.
President William Ruto has settled on a yellow presidential standard.
It also has a wheelbarrow sign which is his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party’s symbol.
Yellow is the dominant colour of the UDA party.
The shield has the Kenyan flag colours and the two spears are green and black in colour.
Green is also one of UDA’s colours.
The presidential standard or presidential flag is the flag that is used in many countries as a symbol of the head of state.
In some countries, it may be for the exclusive use of the president or only raised where the president is present.
However, in Kenya, the Presidential Standard is designed by the President-elect.
It symbolises power and represents the Commander-in-Chief.
It is designed and made to the President-elect’s liking by the Kenya Defence Force.
Details of the other symbols that shall be contained in the flag have not yet been revealed.
However, it shall contain two crossed spears and a shield bearing the colours of the national flag.
These two symbolise unity and readiness to defend the country’s freedom.
Outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta had a blue one which was an inspiration from the founding President the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta ( dark blue standard).
For Uhuru, he added a dove symbol-The National Alliance party symbol while his father’s yellow cockerel was the Kenya African National Union party symbol.
Kenya’s third President, the late Mwai Kibaki’s Presidential Standard was white, adorned with a shield in the centre bearing the Kenya national colours between two olive branches which signified peace.
The late Daniel Moi was green, with a red cockerel.
The Presidential Standard will be unveiled at Kasarani stadium on Tuesday after president will be sworn in to take over from his boss Uhuru Kenyatta who has served for two terms.
During his campaign, Ruto portrayed himself as the champion of the poor in the country referring to himself as the ‘Hustler’ hence the choice of a wheelbarrow as his Party’s symbol.
Presidential Standard of William Samoei Ruto, the current President.
Roles and responsibilities of His Excellency President William Samoei Ruto 2022-2032
The following is a summary of the roles of the President of Kenya as provided in the Constitution of Kenya:
- Is the country’s Head of State and Government.
- Exercises the country’s executive authority.
- Is the Commander-in-Chief of the country’s military, the Kenya Defence Forces.
- Is the chairperson of the country’s National Security Council.
- Is a symbol of national unity.
The responsibilities of the President are summarised as follows:
- Is responsible for addressing each newly Parliament and report once to special parliamentary seating concerning issues of national value and governance.
- Holds nominating and appointing authority, with Parliament’s approval, over the country’s Cabinet Secretaries, Attorney-General, Principal Secretaries, diplomatic & consular representatives and any other public officer over whom the Constitution grants said authority.
- Is the chairperson of Cabinet meetings and oversees the running of operations in various ministries and government departments.
- The President may also undertake any other executive functions as permitted by the Constitution.
- The President also exercises the power of mercy, whereupon the President may pardon a person convicted of an offence.
Additionally, a person serving as President has legal immunity, with the exception of crimes under treaties to which Kenya is party with provisions that prohibit such immunity. Presidential Flag of His Excellency President William Samoei Ruto.