Issa Holiday.The government has gazetted Tuesday next week as a public holiday to pave way for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s swearing-in for a second term.
Similarly, the presidential Assumption of Office committee chaired by Secretary to the Cabinet Joseph Kinyua has gazetted the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, as the venue of the function that should by law be held not earlier than 10am, and not later than 2pm.
The law requires that the day of the swearing-in be declared a public holiday, and the venue of the function be gazetted beforehand.
20 heads of state have confirmed their attendance for the swearing-in ceremony.
The swearing-in follows the six-judge Supreme Court bench’s unanimous decision to throw out a petition challenging President Kenyatta’s win.
President Kenyatta will on Tuesday take the oath of allegiance, and the oath of due execution of office, before signing them.
Deputy President William Ruto will also take the same oaths for his office.
The oaths will be administered by the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi before Chief Justice David Maraga — who will receive the signed copies of the oaths taken by the Jubilee duo.
The oath will be followed by a 21-gun salute, an honour the military gives to welcome their new commander-in-chief, who in this case, will have extended his term.
After being sworn in, President Kenyatta will give his inaugural second term speech, which by all indications will be geared towards an economic transformation plan and a concerted effort to heal a nation deeply divided by a protracted political dispute.