[PHOTOS] Scenes at Nakuru State House as leaders usher in New Year

This is Ruto's first New Year celebration. In 2022, he only made a statement.

In Summary

• During the celebrations, Ruto noted that 2023 was an extraordinary year, marked by difficulties and sacrifices.

• "It was a year that we collectively made bold, decisive and far-reaching decisions to take Kenya to the path of growth."

President William Ruto greets CDF Francis Ogolla at State House Nakuru for the new years celebrations on December 31, 2023.
President William Ruto greets CDF Francis Ogolla at State House Nakuru for the new years celebrations on December 31, 2023.
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On Sunday, President William Ruto and Mama Rachel Ruto led New Year celebrations at State House, Nakuru.

The event was attended by several leaders including Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and his spouse Pastor Dorcas Rigathi.

During the celebrations, Ruto noted that 2023 was an extraordinary year, marked by difficulties and sacrifices.

President William Ruto, DP Rigathi Gachagua and Mama Rachel join State House choir for a dance during New Year celebration on December 31, 2023.
President William Ruto, DP Rigathi Gachagua and Mama Rachel join State House choir for a dance during New Year celebration on December 31, 2023.
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"It was a year that we collectively made bold, decisive and far-reaching decisions to take Kenya to the path of growth.

"The choices we made were painful yet necessary with a promise for a long-term gain," he said.

This is Ruto's first New Year celebration. In 2022, he only made a statement.

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang'ula (Centre), Defence CS Aden Duale (Right) and National Assembly majority leader Kimani Ichung'wah (Left) at State House Nakuru for the new years celebrations on December 31, 2023.
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang'ula (Centre), Defence CS Aden Duale (Right) and National Assembly majority leader Kimani Ichung'wah (Left) at State House Nakuru for the new years celebrations on December 31, 2023.
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Other leaders present were Nakuru Governor Susan Kihika, National Assembly speaker Moses Wetang'ula and several Cabinet Secretaries were also present.

Several MPs and other invited guests were also present.

President William Ruto, Mama Rachel Ruto, DP Rigathi Gachagua and Pastor Dorcas join guests for a dance at State House Nakuru during New Year celebration on December 31, 2023.
President William Ruto, Mama Rachel Ruto, DP Rigathi Gachagua and Pastor Dorcas join guests for a dance at State House Nakuru during New Year celebration on December 31, 2023.
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Interior PS Raymond Omollo among other guests dance at State House Nakuru during the New Year celebrations on December 31, 2023.
Interior PS Raymond Omollo among other guests dance at State House Nakuru during the New Year celebrations on December 31, 2023.
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Cabinet Secretaries Susan Nakhumicha (Health) and Florence Bore (Labour) among other guests at State House Nakuru during the New Year celebrations on December 31, 2023.
Cabinet Secretaries Susan Nakhumicha (Health) and Florence Bore (Labour) among other guests at State House Nakuru during the New Year celebrations on December 31, 2023.
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President William Ruto and Mama Rachel join State House choir for a dance during New Year celebration on December 31, 2023.
President William Ruto and Mama Rachel join State House choir for a dance during New Year celebration on December 31, 2023.
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President William Ruto speaking at State House, Nakuru, where he delivered New Year message on December 31, 2023.
President William Ruto speaking at State House, Nakuru, where he delivered New Year message on December 31, 2023.
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Guests at State House Nakuru during the New Year celebrations on December 31, 2023.
Guests at State House Nakuru during the New Year celebrations on December 31, 2023.
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