November 28 will be a public holiday for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s swearing-in for a second term in office.
This will be in accordance with Section 12 of the Assumption of the Office of President Act, which details the swearing-in proceedings of a President-elect.
Sub-section 3 of the Act stipulates the day on which the President-elect is sworn in shall be a public holiday.
Sub-section 1 of Section 12 of the Act, sets out that the swearing in of the President-elect shall be conducted in “a public ceremony held in the capital city in accordance with Article 141 of the Constitution”.
The Assumption of the Office of President Committee has started preparations for the event.
It is chaired by Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Joseph Kinyua. The 22-member committee also has the Attorney-General, the CS in charge of registration of persons and immigration, Interior CS, Finance CS, Foreign Affairs CS, ICT CS, Constitutional Affairs CS, Devolution CS, and the CS for Culture and Social Services.
The event is planned to be held at the Kasarani Stadium with over 100,000 people expected to attend.
Among them will be 20 heads of states including former U.S. President Barack Obama, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who is also Commonwealth chairperson.
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Uhuru wants to use the ceremony to show he has support locally and abroad amid increasing tensions.
A source in the Foreign Affairs ministry said invitation letters have been sent to all the AU heads of state. The guests are expected in the country from Monday morning.
“A blanket invitation has been sent out to all heads of State from Africa and other parts of the world. As of now, it’s difficult to tell who will attend, but as a tradition, most of those under the AU will be present,” the source said.