President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta has invited NASA leader Raila Odinga to his inauguration next week amid rumors of a parallel swearing-in ceremony by the opposition.
Invitations have also been extended to the other six presidential candidates.
Chairman of the Assumption of Office of the President committee, Joseph Kinyua, made this known while speaking to the press on Friday.
“The seven other presidential candidates and their running mates in the last presidential election have been invited for the ceremony.”
It was also announced that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s swearing-in will cost Kenyans KSh300 million.
The head of public service and State House chief of staff defended the amount saying it was all budgeted for and that no amount will be wasted.
“Sh300 million is enough for this event. We are not wasting funds,” he said.
Kinyua also spoke on Britain’s travel advice to Kenya which he said was “ill-advised”.
“They have the freedom to let their citizens know about any security concern but their statement was ill-advised,” he said.
“Our security teams have done everything possible to ensure peace on that day.”
Kinyua then addressed the National Super Alliance plans for a parallel rally, asking its leaders to shelve plans.
“Any other function will be like Kinyua having his tea somewhere.”
He added the government will issue a statement on roads and traffic that will be affected to prevent inconveniences for the people.
The ceremony will be held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed his attendance to the swearing-in ceremony.
The Times of Israel reported on Wednesday that Netanyahu will fly in Tuesday morning and leave after the ceremony.
The PM is among 20 leaders expected to attend.