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100 Days in Office: Ruto's 5 Biggest Promises & How He Faired

President William Ruto celebrated his 100th day in office on Wednesday, December 21, after being sworn in at Kasarani Stadium on September 13.

Prior to the elections, the President outlined five major promises he hoped to fulfill in his first 100 days in office.

I examined the Kenya Kwanza manifesto and outlined his accomplishments in relation to the five promises listed below.

Health Sector Reforms

During the manifesto launch, Ruto acknowledged that the health sector faced numerous challenges, with a particular emphasis on resources. He promised to collaborate with county governments to accomplish this.

"In fact, county governments admit that they lack the resources to sponsor doctors for additional education or the funds to pay both the doctor on study leave and the replacement.

"They also recognize that the county health services require specialists," according to the statement.

However, despite the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) announcing a countrywide strike beginning January 6, 2023, no clear directive was issued in his first 100 days.

Identifying Court Decisions Issued Against the Government

Ruto promised in his manifesto that his administration would audit all court judgments issued against the government and that he would follow the rulings.

"Determine all judgments and orders against the government within 60 days, and ensure that the government abides by all court rulings," the manifesto stated in part.

Action taken: During his first 100 days in office, President Obama reiterated his commitment to respecting the judiciary and the decisions rendered against his administration.

Some of the decisions made in this regard concerned the return of the lawyer Miguna Miguna.

Nomination of Judges

Following a stalemate between the judiciary and his predecessor's Uhuru Kenyatta administration, Ruto stated in his manifesto that he would appoint judges to the Court of Appeal.

Notably, he stated that the appointments would be made within his first seven days.

The Head of State appointed Korir Weldon Kipyegon, Muchelule Aggrey Otsyula, Odunga George Vincent, and Joel Mwaura Ngugi to the appellant court just hours after Ruto was sworn in.

"To further demonstrate my commitment to the Judiciary, I appointed the six judges who were nominated to the Court of Appeal this afternoon," the president said shortly after taking office.

Police Officers' Remuneration Review

"Within the first 100 days of taking office, Kenya Kwanza will commission a review of remuneration and terms of service for all officers in the security sector to ensure that they are commensurate with the cost of living," Ruto promised in the Kenya Kwanza manifesto.

On Thursday, December 22, Ruto appointed former Chief Justice David Maraga to lead a 23-member task force charged with reviewing police officer terms of service and recommending various reforms.

Inquiry into Extrajudicial Executions

Among his first campaign promises were investigations into alleged state-sponsored extrajudicial killings.

He had accused the government of targeting his supporters at the time. He promised in his manifesto to form a team to investigate the cases within the first 30 days.

As a result, on October 16, after only 34 days in office, then-acting Inspector General Noor Gabow disbanded the Special Service Unit (SSU).

Following that, several members of the defunct unit were charged in court with the disappearance of two Indians and their Kenyan driver. A thorough investigation into other extrajudicial killings has yet to be launched.

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