Preparations for Uhuru Kenyatta swearing-in kick off

Preparations for the swearing-in ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto next week have commenced.

The venue, Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, was Monday afternoon a beehive of activity with top government officials and security agencies including the military holding a three hour-close door meeting to deliberate on the preparations.

Interior Ministry Principal Administrative Secretary, Joseph Irungu is the chair of the Security, Protocol and Logistics sub-committee during the President’s assumption of office.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, Irungu said the venue was chosen because it could accommodate approximately 100 thousand guests and about 100 diplomats.

He said more meetings will be held at the venue before the 28th November, 2017 swearing-in ceremony that includes invitation of heads of States and Governments.

Monday’s meeting came hours after the Supreme Court upheld President Kenyatta’s re-election on 26th of October 2017.

The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 26th October fresh Presidential election that declared Uhuru Kenyatta as the validly elected President.

In a brief verdict delivered by Supreme Court President David Maraga, the Court dismissed the petitions by former Kilome MP John Harun Mwau, Human Rights Activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa as lacking in merit.

CJ Maraga however said due to the time constraint, it was not possible to write a full judgment but promised to present a full judgment within 21 days. All parties to the petition will bear their own costs.

Former Kilome MP John Harun Mwau, Human Rights Activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa had separately gone to the Supreme Court to have the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta nullified over alleged illegalities and irregularities.


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