President William Ruto has not yet fully taken up residence in the State House, despite the fact that his successor, Uhuru Kenyatta, has left the official presidential residence.
Ruto would use State House as his base for presidential operations and instead chose to sleep in his Karen residence.
According to insiders, the decision to spend the nights at Karen’s deputy presidential residence was necessary because the State House was still undergoing renovations to suit Ruto’s tastes and preferences.
A comparison of before (left) and after (right) photos of State House chairs.
The renovation is expected to take at least three months. However, this will not hinder his performance of duties as the offices and other facilities are set up to enable him to fulfill his obligations as head of state.
“Renovations at the State House have started and it may take about three months for the head of state to move into his living quarters. In the meantime, he will continue to use the State House offices while living in Karen,” said Ruto’s confidant, who sought anonymity. . the Standard.
Ruto replaced furniture in the State House, including chairs synonymous with former President Uhuru Kenyatta. He also replaced the president’s standard and changed the profile picture of the State House’s social media pages.
His deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, will move to the Karen vice president’s residence, but is still awaiting official communications. However, he reiterated that he was comfortable in his own villa near the Karen house.
“It’s a tough decision. I’ve lived here for 24 years and have such an emotional connection to my home. My children grew up here and my parents have lived here with me for many years,” he said.
“Work is underway and in due course I will move to the official residence, but I need to understand the changes and all the things around me. They are important. I have yet to acclimate and accept the new situation and DP status,” Gachagua said. at KTN News in a recent interview.
However, the head of state is not required to reside in the State House. If Ruto decides to live in another house of his choice, the government will have to incur additional costs to maintain the property.
Apart from paying his rent, it would also provide him with full security and staff to facilitate all operations.
In addition, the government would acquire an office space that Ruto can use in carrying out his mandate.
This is not the case, however, as the president has expressed his willingness to move to the State House after meeting Uhuru before the inauguration ceremony.
President William Ruto (fourth from right), his wife Rachel (third from right) and Zabron singers in State House.