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Uhuru, Ruto sworn in for second term

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday took the oath of office kicking off his second and final term in office.

The president and his deputy William Ruto took their oaths of office while being assisted by the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi.

They then each appended their signatures on the oaths in the presence of the chief justice.

Chief Justice David Maraga then went on to present the president and his deputy to the public amid cheers from the packed Kasarani Stadium.

The elated crowd punctuated the taking of oaths with cheers and even during the ceremonial photo session the crowds were joyful.

At least 23 heads of state or their deputies joined thousands of Kenyans who gathered at the Kasarani Sports Complex, Nairobi, to witness the swearing in, reports PSCU.

The foreign heads of state and representatives of governments started streaming into the Kasarani Stadium from 8am.

The Heads of State attending the event included South Sudan President Salva Kiir – who jetted into the country on Sunday – being the first to arrive among foreign Heads of State attending the inauguration ceremony.

He was followed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn whose plane touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport yesterday afternoon.

The Prime Minister of Togo, Mamadi Youla, arrived in the country on Sunday.

Other leaders who arrived last evening included Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed, Edgar Lungu of Zambia, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Namibia’s President Hage Geingob.

Presidents Ali Bongo (Gabon), Ian Khama (Botswana), Ismail Omar Guelleh (Djibouti) and Vice President Yemi Osinbalo of Nigeria arrived in the country this morning for President Kenyatta’s inauguration.

Neighbouring Tanzania has sent Vice President Samia Suluhu who is representing President John Pombe Magufuli at the ceremony.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki and his Ghanaian counterpart John Dramani Mahama are also among the foreign dignitaries attending the swearing-in ceremony.