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Uhuru to Be Inaugurated as President of Kenya 28 November 2017, as Raila Refuses Parallel Swearing in Ceremony,

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn for a second term in at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. President Uhuru won the disputed October 26 presidential election run-off against opposition leader Raila Odinga who boycotted the election.

Uhuru’s confidence will be boosted with confirmation that 43 countries will send delegations, These includes: President Magalufi (Tanzania), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed (Somalia). To reinforce Kenya’s special relationship with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend. Britain will be represented by Rory Stewart.

The inauguration ceremony’s oath of office will be led by Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi with Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya Justice David Maraga.
Reports in the media in Kenya suggest that the ceremony will cost Ksh 300,000 approximately ( £2.2 million pound sterling or US$2.9 million).

Opposition Leader Raila Odinga will not be sworn in at a pararell ceremony (an idea put forward by some of the hawks in Nasa). Odinga has reflected that this would be seen as illegal and would damage, his and Nasa’s image at home and abroad, whilst throwing Kenya into a constitutional crisis. Could Israel Prime Minister’s presence be used to reach out to Raila (who paid a visit to Israel in May 2017)? Golda Meir (then Israel’s Foreign Minister) established strong links with Kenya and Kenya’s first President Jomo Kenyatta in the early sixties.

We hope the day is peaceful despite the US and UK travel warnings. #StaySafe

Useful Reading
Geoffrey Mosoku Nairobi 28 November 2017 Standard Media Some 43 Country Delegations Will be Represented at the fete, says Foreign Affairs PS

A History of Co-operation Between Israel and Kenya – Yossi Melman Jerusalem Post 23 September 2013 translated by Amishau Gottlieb.

Rory Stewart – Foreign and Commonwealth Office Official Twitter Account https://twitter.com/RoryStewartUK

Luke Anami May 11 2017 Standard Media Nairobi Raila Prays at Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall
#RailainIsrael #RailaVisitsWesternWall

Let’s Use Our Diversity to Strengthen Kenya, President Kenyatta Urges Politicians

Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU), State House, Nairobi 26 November 2017.

Kenya’s President Kenyatta has asked politicians to use the country’s diversity for the national good instead of abusing personal gains. The article covers President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto at a Thanksgiving Service (for being declared winners of the re-run October Presidential election). The service was held at the Redeemed Gospel Church in Nairobi officiated by Archbishop Arthur Kitonga. President Kenyatta outlines his two key responsibilities to Kenyans 1 Peace 2 Ensure the unity of all Kenyans the foundation if the development Kenyans seeks. What stands out is the comment by Deputy President Willam Ruto that he was in Church with the President to fulfil a covenant that is if He (meaning God) grants them victory they will glorify Him.

Amen? (Even if you loose you should still Glorify Him?)

Government of Kenya, Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) State House, Nairobi 26 November 2017 – Let’s Use Our Diversity to Strengthen Kenya, President Kenyatta Urges Politicians

Uhuru Kenyatta – Twitter “https://twitter.com/UKenyatta/status/934768457421377536″ rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>https://twitter.com/UKenyatta/status/934768457421377536

Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) – Official Twitter @PSCU_Digital https://twitter.com/PSCU_Digital?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) – Facebook

William Ruto – Deputy President Kenya Official Twitter – https://twitter.com/williamsruto?lang=en
Office of the Deputy President Kenya – http://www.deputypresident.go.ke/

Kenya’s Supreme Court Dismiss Kenya Presidential Petitions 20 November 2017

Kenya’s Supreme Court on 20 November 2017 dismissed two election petitions seeking to overturn the recent Kenya Presidential Election Re-run. The two election petitions filed on 6th November 2017 challenged the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta under article 140 of the Constitution of Kenya. Initial reaction to the Supreme Court of Kenya’s decision can be found in Hillary Orinde’s report for the Standard in Nairobi “Kenyans react to Supreme Court decision to uphold President Kenyatta’s re-election.” Whilst supporters for Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Coalition celebrated, there was dismay within the opposition strongholds. The Nation in Nairobi, which has the highest circulation in East Africa, leads with an article “Supreme Court judges upheld Uhuru victory under duress, claims Raila.” Raila Odinga was the Presidential candidate for the opposition coalition NASA. BBC News reported with “Kenya Supreme Court upholds Kenyatta poll win 20 November 2017.” Jason Burke Guardian Africa Correspondent reports “Kenya court upholds President Kenyatta’s election victory.” The article states that the Supreme court dismisses challenge to re-run poll, but opposition, which boycotted the vote, says government is illegitimate.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in by Chief Justice and President of Kenya Supreme Court Justice David Maraga on Tuesday 28 November 2017.

KenyaElections.com Study Group:
The decision of the Supreme Court of Kenya was overshadowed by events in Zimbabwe concerning Zanu PF dismissing Robert Mugabe as its leader and the stalemate that was created as President Robert Mugabe appeared to indicate he would not step down.He could therefore face impeachment. Key international reporters were in Zimbabwe. People will be watching developments in Kenya and Zimbabwe with interest.

Useful sources:
Hillary Orinde (Standard, Nairobi) 20 November 2017 ‘Kenyans react to Supreme Court decision to uphold President Kenyatta’s re-election.’
https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001260732/cheers-and-jeers-as-supreme-court-declares-uhuru-duly-elected (accessed 20 November 2017)

The Nation Team (The Nation) 20 November 2017 ‘Supreme Court judges upheld Uhuru victory under duress, claims Raila.’
http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Uhuru-basks-in-court-win–Raila-resists-/1056-4195672-mx0b44/index.html (accessed 20 November 2017)

BBC News Kenya Supreme Court upholds Kenyatta poll win 20 November 2017
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42050812 (accessed 20 November 2017)

Jason Burke Guardian Africa Correspondent (The Guardian) 20 November 2017 ‘Kenya court upholds President Kenyatta’s election victory.’
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/20/kenya-court-upholds-president-kenyatta-election-victory (accessed 20 November 2017)

The Supreme Court of Kenya – Background (accessed 20 November 2017)

Kenya Law Reporting – Article 140 of the Constitution of Kenya – The President and Deputy President.

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