, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 20 – Close to 100,000 visitors are expected to attend next week Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Kasarani Stadium according to organisers of the event.
The Assumption of the Office of the President Committee said it was all systems go following the Supreme Court ruling that unanimously upheld President Kenyatta’s win in the October 26 repeat poll.
Addressing journalists on Monday afternoon, the chairperson to the sub-committee on protocol and security of the Assumption of Office Committee Joseph Irungu said preparations are in top gear to ensure that is all set for the material day when Kenyatta takes oath of office for his second term in office.
“We have already commenced arrangements for the swearing-in ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyatta which is slated for next week Tuesday. Kasarani Stadium remains the suitable venue in which the ceremony will be held.”
“I know that Kasarani Stadium has the capacity to host a maximum of 60,000 visitors but I assure the public that the rest of the 40,000 visitors will be accommodated in certain areas within the precincts which the committee has identified,” said Irungu.
He said the committee which is chaired by the Secretary to the Cabinet Joseph Kinyua will be embarking on a series of meetings this week to fine tune the necessary arrangements including that of ensuring that there will be no security lapses.
“Today was our first meeting but we will be holding several meetings within the week to ensure that nothing has been left to chance. We wish to assure the public that we have the capacity to manage the security of the guests who will be attending the event, we have no challenge on that,” he said.
Following the Supreme Court decision that unanimously upheld Kenyatta’s victory in the October 26 presidential poll, according to the Constitution it’s the mandate of the Assumption of Office of the President Committee to ensure that the President is sworn-in to office after seven days of the Supreme Court verdict.
Chief Justice David Maraga said the Supreme Court upheld Kenyatta’s re-election in the repeat poll as the arguments of those contesting the victory lacked merit.