President Uhuru Kenyatta (C) takes oath as Chief Justice David Maraga (Left) looks on. (PHOTO: Statehouse press).
BY SIMIYU SIMIYU | Twitter: @wakajuaness
Kenya’s controversial president Uhuru Kenyatta was today sworn in for his second term after a dramatic presidential election that started on August 8, 2017.
Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, 53, was sworn in by the Chief Justice David Maraga whom Mr Uhuru had termed ‘crooked’.
Kenya went to the ballot on August 8 where the electoral body declared Uhuru the winner but the Justice Maraga-led Supreme Court nullified the election following a petition by opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition.
Angered by the ruling, president Uhuru termed the Supreme court judges ‘crooked people with no interest of Kenyans at heart for nullifying the people’s choice’.
“Maraga and his fellow crooks sat at a corner and made a decision claiming to represent 40 million Kenyans.” Uhuru said in his press briefing from the State House few hours after the ruling.
Leaders criticised Uhuru for his comments aimed at attacking an independent organ of the government.
A fresh election was however held on October 26th but with the opposition wing withdrawing from the race citing lack of election reform.
This left Uhuru to literally vie for the presidency against himself where he was declared the winner.
But with the Supreme Court this time unanimously affirming Uhuru’s win after throwing out a petition challenging the election, Chief Justice David Maraga had no otherwise than swear in the man who termed him crooked.
Mr Uhuru’s second and final terms starts officially today after the ceremony held at Kasarani Stadium and attended by several international dignitaries including Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni.
Supporters attending the ceremony cheered the Chief Justice as he referred to Uhuru as the President-elect.
Elsewhere, police sealed off Jacaranda grounds in Nairobi where the Nasa opposition was scheduled to hold a memorial for their supporters who were allegedly shot dead by police.
Mr Uhuru had invited Rt Hon Raila Odinga to attend the Presidential swearing in but the former Premier turned down the invitation, saying it would be illogical to witness the swearing-in of the president who has ‘not been legally elected’.