Reaction to William Ruto as Kenya’s new President: Irungu Houghton

Reaction to William Ruto as Kenya's new President: Irungu Houghton

Dr. William Ruto has been sworn in as Kenya’s fifth president in a colourful ceremony in Nairobi. Just a week ago, the country’s Supreme Court affirmed his victory. In his inauguration speech, Ruto promised to bring down the cost of living, create jobs and restore the rule of law and respect for independent institutions. He assigned retired President Uhuru Kenyatta the role of peace mediator in the Ethiopian and Democratic Republic of Congo conflicts, a clear sign that he intends to maintain Kenya’s influence in the region.

Irungu Houghton, Executive Director for Amnesty International in Kenya joins us via Zoom.

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