Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in as president in for final term
President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn for his second and final five-year term on Tuesday 28 November 2017 to thunderous cheers from tens of thousands of supporters.
“I swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Kenya; that I will obey, preserve, protect and defend this Constitution of Kenya, as by law established, and all other laws of the Republic; and that I will protect and uphold the sovereignty, integrity and dignity of the people of Kenya”, said Mr Kenyatta holding a Bible on his right hand as he took the oath of office.
He also pledged to “Do justice to all in accordance with this Constitution, as by law established, and the laws of Kenya, without fear, favour, affection or ill-will”.
Duncan Okello, who was master of ceremonies, said the Bible used is the same one used by the first President, Jomo Kenyatta, at his own swearing-in at Independence.
The oaths were administered by Anne Amadi, the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary.
The oath of office is 77 words long and the oath of due execution of office is 79 words long.
“The recurring theme is service to the people, defending the Constitution and integrity,” said Mr Okello.
The crowds chanted “Si uchawi, ni maombi” (It is not witchcraft it is prayers) and responded “Yes, Sir,” after every phrase.
Deputy President William Ruto similarly took both oaths, with the crowd chanting, “2022” as he was introduced.
Regional leaders and foreign diplomats watched as the full to capacity stadium cheered and sang along to music.
Among the heads of state who attended the ceremony were Ethiopia’s Hailemariam Desalegn, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Somalia’s Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, South Sudan’s Salva Kiir, Botswana’s Ian Khama and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni.