Pomp and color marked the inauguration of the newly elected Nakuru County Governor, Lee Kinyajui.
Thousands of Nakuru residents thronged the Nakuru ASK grounds where the swearing in ceremony presided over by Justice Justus Bwonong’a of Nakuru kicked off shortly after midday on Monday.
It was a spectacle to behold as traditional dancers, comedians, choirs, acrobats and drama troops from various communities in the county braved the scorching sun to display their skills.
Jubilee supporters emblazoned in the party’s colors and donning caps and blowing vuvuzelas arrived at the venue aboard buses, matatus, pickups and private cars to witness the occasion.
The climax of the ceremony was the arrival of outgoing Governor, Kinuthia Mbugua who incidentally was floored by Kinyanjui in the Jubilee party nominations.
Though Mbugua had been cleared to run as an independent against Kinyanjui, he surprised many when he backtracked and opted to support his rival.
The jovial and easy going administrator cracked jokes when invited to give his address, shedding light on his less stern side when he declared that he was now an elder.
He tickled the keen audience when he said he would be available for advice and counsel to the young and old who had assumed leadership roles at the county.
His demeanor was far removed from the former administration police commandant and a strict head of government at the county as he easily mingled with people from all walks of life, cracked jokes and engaged in hearty conversations.
The surging crowd was treated to a rare spectacle as Mbugua showered his former rival turned ally with accolades describing him as an able and experienced leader.
Despite the sea of humanity witnessed at the venue, the event was largely peaceful and no major acts of lawlessness were reported.
The occasion attracted the top echelons of the ruling party who, included Kiambu deputy governor, Dr. James Nyoro, Kiambu senator elect, Kimani Wa Matangi, all elected members of parliament and Members of the county assembly from the county.
Security personnel under various formation commanders enhanced security and conducted checks to ensure the process was incident free.
Source: Kenya News Agency