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President Uhuru Kenyatta Inauguration 28 November 2017

Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya was inaugurated for his second term as President of Kenya on 28 November 2017, ending three and half months of uncertainty.

The President vowed to bring inclusivity. Below are a selection of reports you may find useful for your research or to reflect in future years what happened on this day.

BBC Kenya Elections: Kenyatta vows to overcome divisions 28 November 2017 The report is broken down into “What did Kenyatta say exactly?” Key themes inclusivity and suggestion of reaching out to the opposition. “How did the inauguration unfold?” – Images of the crowd at Kasarani Stadium, which was packed to capacity. Unfortunately, a stampede occurred outside. Promised big screens did not materialise. “Which leader foreign attended?” – Mention of attendance by neighbouring leaders with Israeli Prime Minister meeting Kenyatta later in the day. “Why was the Elections Re-Run?” provides background to the Kenya Presidential re-run with the sad statistics that around fifty Kenyans had lost their lives since the August 2017 general elections. 2017. BBC Anne Soy’s report “Burning Tyres” is a report on clashes on between the Kenyan police and opposition supporters in the Donholm suburb of Nairobi. It records the feelings of the opposition supporters. The report concludes with “How are the opposition responding?” It quotes opposition leader Raila Odinga addressing supporters on a road (as route to the Jacaranda ground prayer rally was blocked by the Kenyan police). Raila states that he would be sworn in as President on 12 Decemnber 2017 (Kenya’s Independence Day).

Useful url links: (retrieved 31 December 2017)

Lauren Said – Moorhouse, Farai Sevenzo and Hilary Clarke Updated 30 November 2017 CNN Kenyan President Sworn in After Controversial Election Rerun

Report on the inauguration of President Kenyatta of Kenya for a second term.The video clip interviews by CNN Centre International anchor Robyn Curnow are a must watch – “Ruto disputes low Kenya voter turnout figures,” is an interview with Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto who questions the low voter turnout. “Kenya Opposition Leader Calls the Elections a Sham: Kenya Opposition Leader Speaks to CNN.” Robyn Curnow puts forward many questions concerning of what happens next and whether the presidential election boycott was a political miscalculation by the opposition. The interview took place on the 27th of October 2017. Raila states the opposition would follow the route of peaceful resistant. “Odinga says he will abide by the constitution,” and Opposition leader Raila Odinga who rejects the election outright stating he would abide by the constitution and seeking advice from the coalition and experts within his team about a clear road map.

Useful url links: (Retrieved 31 December 2017)

VOA News

VOA News Uhuru Kenyatta Inaugurated as Kenya’s President 28 November 2017

“After two elections, several Supreme Court petitions, frequent protests and many other twists and turns, Uhuru Kenyatta finally was sworn in Tuesday for a second term as president of Kenya.” It highlights a Luo voter who could not vote during the presidential election re-run, due to the opposition boycott, but attended the inauguration to show his support for President Kenyatta. The report highlights Kenyatta’s vision for Kenya, Universal Health Care; Affordable Housing and Attracting Investment, what raised eyebrows, but a delight to citizens of other African countries is the promise of a visa eligibility on arrival and East Africans having almost the same privileges as Kenya citizens. The report highlights demonstrations in Nairobi and opposition concerns of police killings.

Useful Url link: (Retrieved 31 December 2017)

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

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

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. 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.’ (accessed 20 November 2017)

The Nation Team (The Nation) 20 November 2017 ‘Supreme Court judges upheld Uhuru victory under duress, claims Raila.’–Raila-resists-/1056-4195672-mx0b44/index.html (accessed 20 November 2017)

BBC News Kenya Supreme Court upholds Kenyatta poll win 20 November 2017 (accessed 20 November 2017)

Jason Burke Guardian Africa Correspondent (The Guardian) 20 November 2017 ‘Kenya court upholds President Kenyatta’s 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.

Raila Odinga Withdraws from Kenya Presidential Elections 10 October 2017

Raila Odinga the National Super Alliance (NASA) Presidential candidate has withdrawn from the Kenya Presidential Elections due to be held on 26 October 2017. This move caught the country by surprise, but it was a move by NASA to pre-empt changes brought in by the Jubilee Coalition, who have what political observes call a “conspiracy of numbers” in the Kenya Parliament. Raila Odinga’s withdrawal means fresh elections may need to be held. It stops the current President Uhuru Kenyatta from being sworn in without fresh elections. NASA in the meantime aim to continue street protests. Whilst presidential elections in many countries in the world are finished and done within a day, the Kenya Presidential Elections saga continues.

Useful reading:
Bernard Namunane (2017) ‘NASA finds refuge under 2013 court verdict.’ Daily Nation, 10 October 2017 URL: (Accessed 10 October 2017)
Patrick Lang’at (2017) ‘ NASA leader Raila blames IEBC for poll withdrawal,’ Daily Nation, 10 October 2017 URL (Accessed 10 October 2017)
The Standard Team ‘ Country facing crisis as NASA leader Raila Odinga quits presidential poll,’ The Standard (Retrieved 10 October 2017)

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