AS IT HAPPENED: I'll build bridges and unite all Kenyans, says Kenyatta

2017-11-28 12:40

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn into office for a second term in front of thousands gathered in Kenya's largest stadium after a months-long election controversy. Follow the live updates

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28 Nov 13:31
President Kenyatta announces that all Africans visiting the country will receive a visa on arrival with no reciprocity conditions ‘to underscore Kenya’s commitment to pan-Africanism

28 Nov 13:20

has asked Kenyans to "free ourselves from past grievances".

He urged people to stay within the law.

"However serious our grievances may be, the law must reign supreme. The law must be the refuge for every Kenyan and none of us should break outside the law," he said. - BBC


28 Nov 13:14
Kenyatta pledges affordable home ownership, to create 500 000 new home owners

28 Nov 13:13
Kenyatta: Over the next 5 years, I will target 100% universal care for all Kenyan households.

28 Nov 13:13
Kenyatta pledges 100% universal health coverage in his final term in office.

28 Nov 13:12
Kenyatta: Every working family can afford a decent home with the ongoing home working project.

28 Nov 13:11
Kenyatta: It is time for us to learn to agree to disagree and I am reaching out to all leaders across all political divides.

28 Nov 13:09
Kenyatta: We should not destroy our institutions every time they do not deliver the desired individual outcomes we want

28 Nov 13:08
Kenyatta: We have built a firm foundation for our economic take off

28 Nov 13:07
Kenyatta: This is my second and final term in office 

28 Nov 13:07
Kenyatta: The greatest challenges to our peace and security have come when we have deviated from these (agreed) rules

28 Nov 13:02
Kenyatta is thanking voters and the country's electoral commission after a months-long election drama. He vows to be president for all. - AP

28 Nov 13:01

From AP:

Kenya's newly sworn-in President Uhuru Kenyatta is declaring that his inauguration "marks the end, and I repeat the end, of our electoral process".

Kenyatta has been sworn in after an extraordinary series of events that saw the August vote nullified by the Supreme Court — a first in Africa — and the repeat vote last month boycotted by the opposition, which says electoral reforms are still needed.

Kenyatta says the elections "are now firmly behind us" and he praises the resilience of Kenyans during the months of unrest. Elsewhere in Nairobi, at least one person has been shot dead as police block opposition supporters from holding a memorial for the dozens of people killed in the recent unrest.


28 Nov 12:59

From AP

Kenya's newly sworn-in President Uhuru Kenyatta is thanking voters and the country's electoral commission after a months-long election drama.

He vows to be president for all. Kenyatta has been sworn in after an extraordinary series of events that saw the August vote nullified by the Supreme Court — a first in Africa — and the repeat vote last month boycotted by the opposition, which says electoral reforms are still needed.

Kenyatta, who at first called the Supreme Court justices "crooks" over their decision, now says they acted "with independence".

He says he listened closely to his competitors and will endeavour to incorporate some of their ideas.


28 Nov 12:57
A supporter holds a painting of President Uhuru Kenyatta as he attends the presidential inauguration at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP)

28 Nov 12:52
Kenyatta: Today's inauguration, therefore, marks the end, and I repeat, the end, of our electoral process. The elections are now firmly behind us

28 Nov 12:51
Kenyatta: I thank my dear wife who has been a pillar of strength and her passion to uplift the well being of Kenyans inspires me

28 Nov 12:50
Kenyatta: I will build bridges and unite all Kenyans. I will devote my time and energy to build brigades and unite Kenyans.

28 Nov 12:49
Kenyatta: "Today I ask each and every leader to join me in serving the people of Kenya without regard for political affiliation.

28 Nov 12:48
Kenyatta thanks IEBC for managing challenging multiple elections

28 Nov 12:48
Kenyatta: Everyone who voted played a role in strengthening our democracy - President Uhuru Kenyatta

28 Nov 12:45

28 Nov 12:44
William Ruto: This election was different and special because it was about issues that affect Kenyans

28 Nov 12:40

A witness says one person has been shot dead as Kenyan police tried to block opposition supporters from holding a memorial for the dozens of people killed in recent months while protesting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.

Kenyatta was being sworn in elsewhere in the capital, Nairobi, on Tuesday.

Human rights groups and others say nearly 100 people have been killed since the August 8 election that was nullified by the Supreme Court following a challenge by opposition leader Raila Odinga, citing fraud.

Some of them were killed in protests seeking electoral reforms ahead of the repeat election on October 26. (AP)


28 Nov 11:59
The two oaths were administered by Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Atieno Amadi in the presence of Chief Justice David Maraga.

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28 Nov 11:50
The official swearing in ceremony has come to an end. 

28 Nov 11:50

The Kenyan cartoonist Gado has commented on the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He has drawn Mr Kenyatta with a crown as a reference to the opposition criticism that this is not an inauguration but a coronation. - BBC


28 Nov 11:46
Ruto has finished giving his oath of office and is now at the signing table 

28 Nov 11:38
Swearing in of the Deputy President William Ruto begings 

28 Nov 11:31

Kenyatta has just finished giving the two oaths of office. He is now at the signing table as the crowds sing, ululate and dance. 

Kenyatta has been sworn in for 2nd term, ending months-long election controversy but protests continue, according to AP


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Kenyatta about to take the oath of office 

28 Nov 11:09
President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in stadium military truck with by protective glass shield and then greets cheering crowd from open podium. - AP

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Kenyatta now inspecting the guard of honour 

28 Nov 10:58
Singing of the national anthem begins 

28 Nov 10:54
President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives to loud cheers from the crowd 

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28 Nov 10:40

As foreign and local dignitaries poured into the 60 000-seat Kasarani stadium in Nairobi where the ceremony is to be held, the opposition attempted to gather for a "memorial rally" honouring the more than 50 people killed, mostly by police, in four months of political upheaval.

However police fired volleys of teargas and beat opposition supporters, prompting running battles in the area, an AFP reporter said.

Meanwhile at the Kasarani stadium chaos erupted as a crowd attempted to force its way into the venue, prompting police to fire teargas at Kenyatta supporters who tried to fight their way in.

"I just want to see President Uhuru Kenyatta because I voted for him, why are we being beaten like NASA (opposition)," said Janet Wambua, who was among the angry crowd.

Joseph Irungu of the interior ministry planning committee had said there was space for 40 000 people who did not get in to watch the event on big screens outside the stadium.

However no such screens were provided, further angering the crowd. Around 13 mostly African heads of state are expected to attend the ceremony where Kenyatta, 56, will be sworn in for his second and final five-year term.


28 Nov 10:38

Kenyan police fired teargas and clashed with both ruling party and opposition supporters ahead of the swearing in as president of Uhuru Kenyatta after two disputed polls that have left the nation deeply divided.

Police attempted to prevent opposition supporters from gathering for a rally in the capital, prompting running battles, an AFP reporter said, while Kenyatta supporters clashed with officers as they tried to force their way into the venue for the inauguration. - AFP


28 Nov 10:27
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration places his deputy William Ruto at pole position to succeed him in five years. - The African Observer 

28 Nov 10:25
The Kenya Defence Forces prepares guard of honour for Uhuru Kenyatta's arrival

28 Nov 10:22
Edgar Lungu of Zambia has also arrived 

28 Nov 10:22
Salva Kiir of South Sudan has also arrived at the stadium 

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