, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 6 – Uhuru Kenyatta will not go to The Hague as Head of State after handing over the reins of the presidency to his deputy William Ruto.
The picture of his action became clear as Kenyatta left Harambee House in a civilian car and minus outriders.
His Aide de Camp did also not ride in his vehicle as could be expected.
Notably, the presidential security detail was left to wait for acting President Ruto.
Members of the public who had lined the streets near Parliament and Harambee House were in shock when he opened the rear window of the vehicle carrying him to wave at them.
“Huyo Ni President (That’s the president),” one was heard shouting in surprise.
Journalists also found it much easier operating around Kenyatta this time around as they easily took videos and photographs.
Kenyatta left 30 minutes before the acting President Ruto came to be received by a group of legislators among them Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno and Funyula constituency Members of Parliament Paul Otuoma.
Others included Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria.
Ruto on his part left with the full presidential motorcade but the limousine was minus the presidential standard.
His motorcade snaked out of Harambee House with the full trappings of a sitting Head of State.
Kenyans on social media immediately got creative with the hashtag #ThingsPresidentRutoShouldAddress soon trending on Twitter.
Here are some of the tweets;
#ThingsPresidentRutoShouldAddress Men should not be allowed in the kitchen.
@MtuPombe Uhuruu trusting Ruto with the presidency and RAO can’t even trust Kalonzo with his kitendawili text book.” #ThingsPresidentRutoShouldAddress
@billycrin Rename uhuru highway and uhuru park to Ruto highway and Ruto park #ThingsPresidentRutoShouldAddress.
@iGitz #ThingsPresidentRutoShouldAddress Why Arsenal is 7th now on the EPL table.
Other went ahead to declare a vacancy in the office of the Deputy President.