Quantcast
logo

Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in as Kenyan president

  • Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as Kenya's new president on Tuesday, following his victory at the polls in March against Raila Odinga.

    Tens of thousands of people attended the inauguration at a stadium in the capital, Nairobi.

    Odinga did not attend the ceremony after his unsuccessful attempt to overturn Kenyatta's win in court.

    Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, face charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in relation to post-election violence five years ago.

    In his inaugural address, the 51 year old, making him Kenya's youngest president, said he would govern for all Kenyans.

    "We will leave no community behind... Where there's disillusionment, we'll restore hope," he said.

    He added that the new government would abolish maternity fees in its first 100 days and children starting school next year would be given laptops.

    In a reference to the ICC case against him, he said: "I assure you again that under my leadership, Kenya will strive to uphold our international obligations, so long as these are founded on the well-established principles of mutual respect and reciprocity."

    Kenyatta beat Odinga by 50.07 percent to 43.28 percent, avoiding a run-off by just 8,100 votes.

    Odinga challenged the result but said he would respect the Kenyan Supreme Court's ruling.

    The presidential, legislative and municipal elections were held on March 4 and were the first to be held since the disputed poll of 2007, which left more than 1,200 dead.

    Kenyatta is due to appear at the ICC for his trial in The Hague later this year on charges of crimes against humanity. He denies the allegations.

    Explore the geography of Kenya, visit Kenya Map

    Tagged as: Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya, Kenya news