President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived back in the country from Kigali where he attended the inauguration of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame following his re-election in elections held on August 4.
President Kenyatta – who was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta – joined 20 Heads of State and Government in attending the inauguration ceremony held at the Amahoro National Stadium.
The plane carrying President Kenyatta and his delegation landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 7.30 p.m.
He was received at the airport by Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and the Chief of Defence Forces, General Samson Mwathethe, among other senior Government officials.
In his inauguration speech on Friday, President Kagame spoke against external interference while calling on African countries to work closely together for the benefit of the citizens of the continent.
“Attacks on our character only makes us stronger provided we respond with clarity and conviction. There is no one-size-fit-all nation-building. At the root of any success are good choices built on ‘built it yourself’ mindset,” President Kagame said.
He said the continent must build on the reform spirit that has taken root in the African Union and in every African country to deliver the results citizens expect.
President Kagame thanked Rwandans for re-electing him, saying Rwanda will continue to be a firm believer in real partnership and cooperation with friends around the world to lift the lives of the citizens of the East African nation.
President Kagame was sworn-in for his third seven-year term in office following a landslide re-election victory in the August 4 presidential election where he garnered 98.7 percent of the total votes cast against his two main rivals Frank Habineza and Philippe Mpayimana.