, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 28 – Kenyans who thronged the Kasarani Stadium Tuesday shared their love for President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto with pomp, colour, excitement and songs ahead of their inauguration for a second term.
Through what can be described as undying love, one die-hard supporter even went a notch higher to dress his pets in full Jubilee regalia plastered with messages of peace and nation building.
The three dogs that looked like they had consented to the plan were more than willing to pose for the cameras with the owner basking in the glory of the moment.
Women dressed in traditional dancing costumes could be seen singing their hearts out as they were waiting for the gates to be opened for them to land a spot in the most coveted seats in the arena.
Inside the arena yellow and red colours, the official brand identity of the ruling party Jubilee filled the terraces even as the supporters bore messages specifically dedicated to the duo.
“Tuliwanyoa, wembe ni ule ule,” read one of the messages.
With songs composed supporters of the President-elect and his deputy started trooping in to take their rightful place in the arena as early as 3am according to those in charge of protocol.
“Ndio maana tunasema tano tena,” some fans could be heard singing in the arena.
A sea of humanity was waiting outside the stadium by 6am as they eagerly awaited to gain access to the arena so that they could witness the much-anticipated swearing-in ceremony.
Kenyatta who overcame odds, including a nullified win of his August 8 victory to clinch the top seat with 7.7 million votes will be taking the oath of office for his last term according to Kenya’s constitution.
In his recent public appearance after the Supreme Court of Kenya threw out the petition filed by the civil society challenging his win, Kenyatta pledged to unite the nation as his first agenda in office.
This year, Kenya witnessed the most protracted electioneering period where the economy took a hit.