In a celebratory message on Wednesday, September 13, the First Lady revealed that she hosted a thanksgiving dinner at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi to commemorate the achievement.
“We gathered tonight in Nairobi to give thanks for the blessings the Lord has bestowed on us in this first year of this administration,” Mama Rachel wrote on her social media accounts.
Mama Rachel expressed her gratitude for the first year as first lady and urged all elected leaders to go back to the grassroot level and serve the people.
“The last year has been challenging, but God has watched over us, to all the elected leaders, let us go back to the grassroots and serve the people of Kenya,” stated Mama Rachel.
President William Ruto took over power on September 13, 2022, at the Kasarani Stadium, succeeding retired President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission – IEBC declared Ruto the winner of the hotly contested poll.
Ruto’s main challenger and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga rejected the outcome of teh election, before filing a petition at the Supreme Court of Kenya.
However, in its unanimous verdict the apex court upheld Ruto’s win, describing Odinga’s claims as hot air.
Nonetheless, as the Kenya Kwanza administration marks one year in office, opinion is divided on the performance of Ruto’s government.
For instance, a survey by research firm Infotrak gave Ruto an overall score of grade C. Kenyans cited high cost of living and bad politics among reasons why they feel the country is headed in the wrong direction.
During his campaign, Ruto made several pledges to woo the electorate. Some of these pledges included free diapers for new mothers for the first three months, low cost of fuel and cheap electricity.
In addition, the Kenya Kwanza team promised a review of the education system, which the regime honored, by approving a raft of reforms.