The Kenyan Constitution states that the head of state's authority is limited while he or she is temporarily in office. Between the first day of voting in a presidential election and the time the president-elect assumes office, the head of state is not permitted to suggest or appoint superior court justices.
Presidents cannot appoint or dismiss Cabinet Secretaries, other State or Public officers, high commissioners, ambassadors, or diplomatic or consular agents. Kenyans who are currently in jail or on probation cannot be honored by Uhuru in the name of the nation or the Republic or be given the ability to show mercy.
William Ruto, the vice president, is expected to receive critical intelligence and security briefs in his capacity as the head of state. He is the president-elect, thus he expects that public figures like Cabinet Secretaries will attend to his demands. The Assumption of Office of the President Act of 2012 mandates that all public servants provide the President-elect with the relevant data.
The Act requires the Assumption of Office Committee to ensure that the President-elect and Deputy President-elect have adequate protection. A public official who violates the provisions of this section is in violation of the law and, if proven guilty, may be punished with a fine, a term of imprisonment of not more than two years, or both.
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