President-elect William Ruto will from today (Tuesday, August 16) start receiving exclusive national intelligence reports from different national security organs.
Ruto is allowed by the Constitution to start receiving briefings from all the security organs through the Assumption of office committee.
The committee is also required to ensure that the incoming president and deputy president have adequate security both for himself and his family.
"Upon the declaration of the final results of a presidential election by the Commission under Article 138 of the Constitution and section 39 of the Elections Act (No. 24 of 2011), the Committee shall ensure that the President-elect and Deputy President-elect are accorded adequate security” reads the Assumption of the Office of President Act.
The organs which are supposed to furnish Ruto with these intelligence include the National Intelligence Service (NIS), the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the National Police Service (NPS). The information which has to be delivered at a reasonable time is meant to help in the smooth transition of the government
Any public officer who fails to comply with the provisions of this section commits an offense and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding one million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.
If any of the three other presidential candidates (i.e. Raila Odinga, David Mwaure and Prof. George Wajackoyah) do not file petition challenging the election win, the president-elect will be sworn in on August 30, the first Tuesday after the fourteenth day after the date of the declaration of the result of the presidential election.