, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 28 Nine Heads of State graced President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto’s swearing-in ceremony at the Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday.
The fete, a historic one and a colourful one for that matter was also attended by a number of dignitaries from Africa and special envoys from around the world not forgetting the thousands of Kenyans who gathered at the sports arena to witness Kenyatta take his second and final oath of office.
Those in attendance included Presidents Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Salva Kiir (South Sudan), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Somalia), Edgar Lungu (Zambia), Ian Khama (Botswana), Ismail Omar Guelleh Muhammed (Djibouti), Ali Bongo Ondimba (Gabon) and Hage Geingob (Namibia).
Former Heads of State of South Africa (Thabo Mbeki) and Zambia (Kenneth Kaunda) were also present.
Nigeria, Tanzania, Burundi were among countries who sent their Vice Presidents to witness the swearing-in ceremony that was delayed after the Supreme Court annulled the August 8 election.
Prime Ministers from Senegal, Guinea and Ethiopia were also present to show support for Kenyatta who is now serving his final term in office with his work cut out to unify Kenyans after a prolonged electioneering period.
The event was also attended by various ambassadors representatives of special envoys from China, Japan, United Kingdom, Eritrea among others.
President Museveni, Lungu (Zambia), Gabon’s Ali Bongo and Rwanda’s Kagame who spoke on behalf of other Heads of State called for a united country and urged Kenyans to work towards developing the nation.