Ruto drops presidential standard, court of arms as he files tax returns

The President dropped key protocols associated with power as he headed to Times Towers.

In Summary
  • They signify his presence and also serve as symbols of presidential authority.
  • He was filing returns as an ordinary citizen at the Kenya Times Towers.
A screen grab of President William Ruto's car when he arrived at Times Towers on May 26, 2023.
A screen grab of President William Ruto's car when he arrived at Times Towers on May 26, 2023.

President William Ruto on Friday shed off some symbols of power including dropping the presidential standard as he filed tax returns.

The presidential standard or presidential flag is the flag that is used in many countries as a symbol of the head of state.

The President also dropped the usual National flag that is usually hoisted in his official presidential limousine or the car in which he is being driven.

The Coat of Arms that replace ordinary number plates both at the front and the back of his car were missing.

The Head of State was driven to the highly-guarded Times Towers at 8:15 am in a Toyota Lexus LX-570 with private number plates - KDH 969S.

Ruto's presidential standard has a wheelbarrow sign which is his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party's symbol.

The shield has the Kenyan flag colours and the two spears are green and black in colour.

It is usually hoisted alongside the national flag in all the cars carrying him and must also go up showing his presence wherever he is attending an event.

Ruto was filing his tax returns at the Kenya Revenue Authority as required by the tax laws.

The President was received by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and KRA chairman Anthony Mwaura.

The KRA personnel who was serving Ruto said the president has complied with the tax regulations.

The President became the first high-profile national leader to openly file his tax obligations in what was seen as a move to lead by example.

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