Similarities and Differences Detected in Raila, Uhuru’s Swearing-in Ceremonies

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Nasa leader Raila Odinga (centre) takes his oath as the People’s President on Tueday. PHOTO/COURTESY

BY SIMIYU SIMIYU | TWITTER@wakajuaness

The highly-anticipated ‘swearing-in’ ceremony of the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga has finally come to an end amid drama and tension across the country. 

The Nasa leader had vowed to swear in as the ‘president’ after the disputed general elections on 2017 where President Uhuru Kenyatta was contraversially declared the winner both in the nullified and the repeat polls.

Wakajuaness.Com takes a review of the similarities and differences between the two swearing-in ceremonies for the country’s top politicians so far.

SIMILARITIES

Tuesday.

Both Uhuru and Raila Odinga took their oaths on a Tuesday.

Ferried crowds

Both took their oath in front of huge crowds that had been ferried from across the country, filling the venues.

No violence 

The two were sworn in without violence in the stadium even though there were reports of stampede outside the stadium during Uhuru’s fete. 

Uphold the constitution 

In their respective oaths, the duo vowed to respect the constitution. 

End month 

Both took their oaths during ‘end months’ with Uhuru on 28th November and Raila on 30th January. 

DIFFERENCES 

Time

While President Uhuru was sworn-in within the stipulated constitutional time of between 10AM and 2PM, Mr Odinga took his oath at exactly 2.45PM (EAT), 45 minutes late.

Year

While Uhuru was sworn in in 2017, his fierce rival Raila Odinga was sworn-in in 2018.

Running mate

During Uhuru’s swearing-in ceremony, his running mate William Ruto was present but in Raila’s case, Kalonzo Musyoka was missing in action. 

Live coverage 

Uhuru’s ceremony enjoyed live coverage from local media but in Raila’s case, the government switched off tv transmission, leaving Kenyans in black out. Only those with smartphones and Internet desktops streamed live from the media’s online channels. 

Spouces

During Uhuru’s swearing-in, his wife and First Lady H.E Margaret Kenyatta was present unlike today where Hon. Raila’s wife Mama Ida Odinga was missing on the podium. 

Words in the oath

President Uhuru’s oath had 79 words, ten less than what Raila took today.

Peoples President 

In the November ceremony, President Uhuru Kenyatta took the oath as the President of the Republic of Kenyan while Hon Raila Odinga swore in as the People’s President of the Republic of Kenya. 

Chief Justice  

While Uhuru’s inauguration was over-seen by the Chief Justice, Raila‚Äôs oath was administered by Ruaraka MP TJ Kanjwang’ and former Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Dr Miguna Miguna.

International leaders

While Uhuru’s party was attended by other presidents including Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, there was no president in Raila’s ceremony. 

Guard of honour 

The former Premier was not accorded with a guard of honour from the military as witnessed in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration. 

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