Kenya’s 4th President, Uhuru Kenyatta has officially taken oath of office today in a grandiose and momentous inaugural ceremony in the capital, Nairobi.
The ceremony that took place at Kenya’s 60,000 capacity stadium was attended by African leaders as well as ambassadors from Western countries.
Uhuru who beat his rival and former boss, Raila Odinga by a hair’s breadth in the 4 March presidential election will now officially starts his 5-year tenure, despite being indicted by the International Criminal Court, ICC, for crimes against humanity.
The new president, 51, the youngest to head Kenya has repeatedly denied the ICC’s charges and promised to cooperate with the proceedings.
Although Uhuru was declared the winner on 13 March by the Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Odinga immediately challenged the results.
In an appeal to the Supreme Court, Odinga’s legal team claimed the final results were erroneous following what they described as irregularities during the election and the vote counting machine glitch which they claimed impacted on the counting process itself and the tally obtained.
Waiting for justice to take its course, Uhuru had to delay his celebration and hold his breath for the Supreme Court to examine the petition and rule on the finally results.
It was on 30 March that the court threw out all the charges on the elections and confirmed the results of the IEBC, thus giving Uhuru the long, looked-for victory.
Groomed, nurtured and dedicated right from birth to rule Kenya, Uhuru is the son of the Jomo Kenyatta the first president and founding father of Kenya.
With no time for merriment, Uhuru has the utmost task to unite Kenyans who have been divided for a long time along ethnic lines.
Voted in a relatively peaceful election, even though many had predicted hostility looking at the 2007 elections marred by post election violence, Uhuru is challenged to steadfast hold this peace in all his reforms.