The swearing-in committee, led by Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua, revealed to the press that they are already compiling the list of foreign dignitaries the Government intends to invite, should the re-election be maintained.
One invite has caught the attention of many Kenyans. Barack Obama although not confirmed may attend Uhuru Kenyatta swearing in ceremony. Protocol may require invitation of President Donald Trump also.
Other leaders likely to be invited are African Heads of State, among them, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Museveni – Uganda, John Pombe Magufuli – Tanzania, Jacob Zuma – South Africa, and European leaders German Chancellor Angela Merkel and United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May and his foreign secretary Borris Johnson.
Also on the list are Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, businessman Aliko Dangote, His Highness the Aga Khan, former Italian PM Matteo Renzi and China’s President Xi Jinping.
“We are basically preparing for the swearing-in ceremony of the President even as we go through the constitutional timelines and processes. That list basically contains the President’s friends, African and other world leaders we intend to invite for the fete. It is just an ordinary preparation process,” one of the committee members who spoke to The Standard said.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson congratulates President Kenyatta on his re-election
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:
Tuesday was an historic day for Kenya, with millions of Kenyans turning out to vote in the general election. The United Kingdom warmly congratulates President Kenyatta on his re-election. The UK and Kenya are longstanding friends and close partners. We look forward to building on our strong relationship, working together to advance our shared prosperity and security and to support Kenya’s development, for the benefit of all.
We commend the people of Kenya for their commitment to democracy and salute those who worked tirelessly and courageously towards holding credible elections, often in difficult circumstances. In the spirit of President Kenyatta’s words yesterday, now is the time for Kenyans to work together in peace to build their nation and forge their shared future. We join the Kenyan people in mourning those who have died, calling on those with influence to exercise restraint at this difficult time to ensure calm, and to honour the Kenyans who turned out in such number to vote to determine their future.