, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22 – Five days to the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta, preparations are still underway at the Kasarani stadium with all formations of the Kenya Defence Forces stepping up their rehearsals in readiness for next week’s historic day.
On Wednesday, it was the military full dress rehearsal, a complete walk through of what next week Tuesday will be like when Kenyatta is inaugurated as the country’s new President, a ceremony that will see him take his second and final oath of office.
The military personnel donned in their full regalia, just like how they will look like on the material day, continued to enact different roles on what would be happening during the real event.
Wednesday’s rehearsals saw the Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathethe play the role of President Kenyatta.
From the onset when the parade by the men in uniform started it was all perfection, an exact replica of what Kenyans and the rest of the world would be treated to when Kenyatta is sworn-in to office.
In a chronological manner, from the point of entry of the President to the venue up until the moment of taking the oath of office, that which will be administered by the Registrar of the Judiciary in the presence of the Chief Justice, the military orchestrated every move to perfection.
At the end of the rehearsals, they retreated to assess how they had performed in an effort to ensure that on the big day there will be no mistakes.
The Assumption of the Office of the President ceremony usually begins at 10am. The committee has since confirmed that close to 100,000 visitors will be in attendance and hundreds of dignitaries.
In the meantime, the committee chaired by Secretary to the Cabinet Joseph Kinyua has assured the public that the safety of those who will be in attendance will be intact and further assuring that the preparations will be faultless and by Tuesday next week all will be set.
Security has been beefed up in the arena. The rehearsals are expected to continue Thursday.