How President Uhuru's 2013 inauguration ceremony compares to that of 2017

Mr. Kenyatta is set to be sworn in for a second and final term on Tuesday.

Over 100,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony at the 60,000 capacity stadium with officials stating that big screens mounted outside the state-of-the-art facility will allow the 40,000 more to watch the event live outside the stadium.

At least 20 heads of state have also been invited, among them Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; necessitating a massive security operation involving the closure of many city roads and estimated to cost Sh250 million.

Mr. Kenyatta will be sworn in under different circumstances compared to 2013 where his election victory was challenged at the Supreme Court but upheld.

Business Insider SSA takes a look at how Mr. Kenyatta's swearing in ceremony tomorrow compares to that of 2013:

Instruments of power

Unlike in 2013, President Kenyatta will not be presented with instruments of power. This is per Section 14(2) of the Assumption of the Office of President Act which does not require an incumbent president to receive a sword and the Constitution.

This is because the handing over of the instruments of power under Section 14(1) happens when one President is leaving the office for a new one.


The Assumption of Office of the President Committee has budgeted Sh384 million for the half-day fete at the Kasarani stadium, Sh10 million more than in 2013.

Chief Justice/Chief Registrar of the Judiciary

The Head of State and his deputy will individually take the oath of allegiance and that of due execution of office, to be administered by Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi before Chief Justice David Maraga.

In 2013, the two took the oath of allegiance, under the administration of Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Gladys Shollei before Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.


While 12 heads of state attended Mr. Kenyatta's inauguration ceremony in 2013, it is not yet clear how many will show up for the event on Tuesday.

Local newspaper, Daily Nation, however reports that at least 11 heads of state have confirmed their attendance including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

About 13 others will be sending either their country’s second-in-command, a special envoy or a minister, sources at the Foreign Affairs ministry.


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