, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 5 – Government officials involved in the organisation of President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta’s Tuesday inauguration have told Capital FM News that 14 Heads of State have so far confirmed that they will attend the ceremony.
The officials said Salva Kiir, the president of Africa’s youngest nation South Sudan, was expected to arrive on Saturday, with the majority of the confirmed leaders expected to arrive on Sunday.
Separately, Government Spokesman Muthui Kariuki told Capital FM News that more leaders were expected to confirm attendance.
“The invited Heads of State are still sending their confirmations and so we expect that number to grow. I’ll inform you of the most-up-to-date count once I get back to the office,” he pledged.
The Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia confirmed on Wednesday that Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni would make a speech on behalf of all invited Heads of State on account of being the IGAD and East African Community (EAC) chairman.
“Once he is sworn in, Deputy President William Ruto will invite Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni to make a speech on behalf of invited dignitaries and then invite outgoing President Mwai Kibaki to make his valedictory speech,” Kimemia said.
Deputy director of police operations Philip Ndolo revealed that TV screens will be set up outside the 60,000-seater stadium as they expect a larger turnout, “We are facilitating the attendance of 100 representatives from each county so that is already 4,700 people. Now just add to that number Kenyatta’s supporters who will want to witness this historic moment for themselves.”
The Chief of Defence Forces Julius Karangi will oversee a final rehearsal on Monday – the eve of the inauguration – where he will go through the motions with the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Gladys Shollei after already conducting a full military dress rehearsal on Wednesday with the Assumption of the Office of the President Committee chaired by Kimemia.
US embassy Information Officer Christopher Snipes told Capital FM News they expected ambassador Robert Godec to represent President Barrack Obama, who on Friday sent a congratulatory message day to President-elect Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto, on their election.