Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Tuesday take the Oath of office marking the beginning of his second and final term.
Kenyatta will preside over a deeply divided nation and a country experiencing its worst economic slowdown in 10 years.
Just over 60 000 guests will be at the Kasarani Sports Stadium in Nairobi when Kenya’s 4th President takes the Oath of Office.
Kenyatta will be sworn in after two court battles and two presidential elections. While Kenyans are relieved that the swearing in marks the end of a long political period, the political standoff in the country is however expected to drag on, the opposition has termed Kenyatta’s victory as illegitimate.
Indeed, Kenyatta has extended an olive branch to his main opponents in a bid to put behind them bruising political battle.
Kenyatta will also preside over an economy battered by months of politics and a drought that has left 3.2M Kenyans in need of food aid. East Africa’s biggest economy revised its economic growth forecast for 2017 downwards from 5.7% to 5.1% but experts say it should bounce back.
Kenyatta will be sworn in together with his Deputy William Ruto, Ruto is eyeing to succeed his boss when the country heads to the polls again in 2022, that analysts say is the man to watch during this next five years.
President Jacob Zuma will not be attending the inauguration He will be represented by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.