Thursday April 4 2013

Museveni to speak at Uhuru’s swearing-in

By Edith Fortunate

The committee organising the swearing-in ceremony for Kenya’s President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta has settled on President Museveni to speak on behalf of all the invited guests on this day.

The deputy president of the Chinese Congress People’s Party, Mr Zhang Baowen, will be among dignitaries attending the ceremony.

Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia said they settled on Mr Museveni since time is limited. “Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni will speak on behalf of all guests at President-elect Kenyatta swearing-in on Tuesday at Kasarani, it is tentative and will confirm the same on Friday,” Mr Kimemia said. Mr Museveni is the chairperson of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Other presidents invited to attend the event are: Mr Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Mr Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania) and Mr Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi). Mr Kimemia also confirmed that they would be inviting other heads of state from Africa and representatives of governments from across the world.

Meanwhile, First lady-in-waiting Margaret Kenyatta will hold the Bible as her husband, President-elect Kenyatta takes oath of office.Mr Kenyatta will place his left hand on the Bible as he is being sworn in on Tuesday, April 9.

The president-elect will shift from the Kenyan norm of personally holding the Bible while taking the oath of office. Chief of Kenya Defence Forces, Gen. Julius Karangi said Mr Kenyatta requested that his wife holds the bible for him while he takes oath of office. “This is a request by the president-elect, it can only be good that we grant him this wish on this historic day,” said Gen. Karangi.

The inauguration of Kenya’s fourth president will also see outgoing President Mwai Kibaki hand over a new constitution which was promulgated in August 2010 to Mr Kenyatta. Tuesday’s programme has been slated to kick-off at 11.45am.