KENYA–Kenya finally has a president after an election season that dragged on for four months.
Jubilee Party supporters were thrilled when Uhuru Kenyatta arrived at Kasarani stadium on Tuesday, and even more when Chief Justice David Maraga referred to him as President.
Maraga also recognised Deputy President William Ruto before handing over to judiciary chief registrar Anne Amadi who led them in taking their oaths.
The CJ had a frosty relationship with Jubilee Party leaders after nullifying the August 8 election over adherence to the constitution and election laws.
Uhuru is on record criticising the judiciary – the Supreme Court and Maraga in particular – for overturning his re-election, saying he had a right to do so.
The President and Ruto swore to protect and uphold the sovereignty, integrity and dignity of the people of Kenya.
Their supporters could not sit still as the oaths were taken – they filled the stadium with ululations and chanted their names while dancing.
“I will always truly and diligently serve the people and the Republic of Kenya in the Office of the President, so help me God,” the President said.
“Yes, sir,” the people responded.
Kenya’s symbols of power – a sword and the constitution – were not handed over as Uhuru has served since 2013.
A 21-gun salute and performances by various groups followed the pledges.