Heavy security at Kasarani ahead of swearing in ceremony

Written By: Sylvester Ruto/Margaret Kalekye
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The ceremony will have no transfer of instruments of power since he is the incumbent president.

Heavy security has been deployed at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for the second term in office.

Heavily armed military officers among other security agencies were today screening every corner of the stadium to ensure that all is set for tomorrow’s historic event.

The military officers were Tuesday morning finalizing their swearing in rehearsals in a parade drill that will see the military give a guard of honor to President Kenyatta.

Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua, has assured adequate security measures have been put in place place to ensure the safety of all Kenyans and guests who will attend the event.

Over 20 leaders are expected to grace the occasion among them, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Botswana’s Ian Khama, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania, Edgar Lungu of Zambia, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, Namibia’s Hage Geingob, Faure Gnassingbé of Togo, Mohamed Farmajo of Somalia and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia.

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Countries that will send their second in command are Nigeria, Guinea, Angola, Congo Brazzaville , Burundi, Yemen, Oman, Srilanka, Qatar, Palestine, Portugal, Fiji, and Algeria.

Otherhigh profiled dignitaries are Prince Amin who will represent His Highness Aga Khan. Special envoys from Japan,China, the Holy See, Serbia, Eritriea, United Kingdom and Ukraine will also attend the fete.

President Kenyatta is expected to take the oath of office between 10am and 2pm, in line with the constitution.

The ceremony will have no transfer of instruments of power since he is the incumbent president.

Meanwhile, police have mapped out major roads in Nairobi as “red zones” as a security strategy for the swearing-in.

Nairobi police commander, Japhet Koome, said Mombasa Road from JKIA, Uhuru Highway, Museum and Wangari Maathai Roads and the Thika Superhighway up to Kasarani Stadium will have heavy security presence.  

Koome appealed to motorists as well as other road users  to adhere to the new traffic directive to ensure smooth flow of traffic towards Moi International sports center Kasarani as well as the Central Business district-CBD.

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