PREPARATIONS BEGIN FOR SWEARING-IN OF KENYAN PRESIDENT AFTER SUPREME COURT DISMISSES OBJECTIONS

NAIROBI, Preparations for the swearing-in ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto here next week have begun after the Supreme Court upheld his victory in last month’s fresh presidential election ordered by the court.

The inauguration venue, the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, was a hive of activity Monday as top government officials and security agencies, including the military, held a three-hour, closed-door meeting to deliberate on the preparations.

Interior Ministry Principal Administrative Secretary Joseph Irungu, who is chairing the Security, Protocol and Logistics sub-committee for the inauguration, told the media after the meeting that the venue was chosen because it could accommodate approximately 100,000 attendees, who are expected to include about 100 foreign diplomats.

He said more meetings would be held before the Nov 28 swearing-in ceremony to which foreign Heads of States and Governments would be invited.

Monday’s meeting came just hours after the Supreme Court upheld President Kenyatta’s re-election on Oct 26. In its brief verdict, delivered by Supreme Court President David Maraga, the Court dismissed the petitions by former Kilome MP John Harun Mwau, and human rights activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa as lacking in merit.

The Court’s verdict was swiftly hailed by ruling Jubilee party supporters, who started celebrating and broke into song outside the Supreme Court buildings, while others took to the streets in jubilant celebrations, as they cheered.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK