President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto were sworn-in for their second term in office at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Tuesday even as Opposition leaders under the NASA umbrella continued to resist his legitimacy as president.
The two, regarded as the most charismatic politicians of their time by some took their oaths flanked by their couples, Margaret Kenyatta and Rachel Ruto respectively.
President Kenyatta gave his maiden speech majorly touching on strengthening the ties that bind Kenyans together at every level of the society.
“It is time for us to learn that it is fine for us to agree to disagree, while still strengthening our bonds of unity and nationhood,” President Kenyatta said.
He said he had begun reaching out to all leaders, across the political divide, restating his commitment and expressing his willingness to work with them to achieve the noble objective of nationhood.
On his part, Deputy President William Ruto reiterated the need for Kenyans to embrace peace and work together to develop the country.
“All of us, as the people of Kenya, must stand together to say no to hate, to resist ethnicity, to refuse division and to reject violence. What is important, going forward, is the transformation of our country and the development of our nation,” the DP said.
Kenyans took to social media commenting on Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration in varied ways.
Some displayed their celebratory mood as others rubbished the event claiming that it was an endorsement of an illegitimate regime. A section of the KOT family attempted to question promises made by President Kenyatta in his speech. Likewise, others protested police brutality that has reigned throughout the electioneering period.
On the material day of Kenyatta’s inauguration, two persons were reportedly killed as police engaged supporters of the Opposition leader Raila Odinga in Eastlands. One of those killed is a 7 year old minor who was shot by a police officer while playing at their home balcony in Pipeline, Nairobi.
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Here are sample tweets on how Kenyans gave their measure on this subject;
.@UKenyatta congratulations to you, your Excellency and the Deputy President @Williamsruto as you begin your second term in office today. May God Bless you and bless our nation Kenya. #InaugurationKE pic.twitter.com/aVil2X44CE
— Chris Kirubi (@CKirubi) November 28, 2017
God made it happen, Congratulations President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto as you take Kenya to the next level. It's time start the journey of prosperity, Development, Reconciliation, Healing and unity. #InaugurationKE pic.twitter.com/fRryJoH2ud
— Captain Machuka (@Machukah) November 28, 2017
When history is written, this year will be referred to as our nation's TURNING POINT. It is the year we took a WRONG TURN.#InaugurationKe
— Joshua K. Njenga (@JKNjenga) November 28, 2017
In this day of #InaugurationKe We mourn, Not the death of today of Children
Not of the past by Police brutality
But We mourn for our Nation
Blessed is He who mourns for they will be comforted, Our hope as a Nation is in Christ#GainwithXtiandela
— The Motari's (@GMotary) November 28, 2017
— JN SHINE (@jn_shine) November 28, 2017
Yoweri Museveni & Salva Kiir are the ONLY presidents at Uhuru’s swearing in. The rest of the world chose to send ministers & a few vice presidents. They said that Benjamin Netanyahu is also coming. He is not there. They said Magufuli had confirmed. #KenyaMourns #InaugurationKe
— Abdullahi (@crediblepollske) November 28, 2017
The East Africans policy by president Kenyatta will give room for investors hence job creation .
— Proseocuta Denis🅾 (@ProseocutaDenis) November 28, 2017
— CLIFFORD OPATU™ (@CliffordOpatu) November 28, 2017
President Kenyatta just handed over a bullion van to Kenya Airways, with his decision of visa free travel to Kenya for African nationals. Watch KQ traffic shoot up in the next one year @cobbo3 @bikhado @Simon_2T
— Stephen Tio Kauma (@TioKauma) November 28, 2017
Minutes after President Kenyatta spoke of unity, police clobbered citizens in Eastlands, women and girls were not spared.
— Ken Mijungu (@KenMijungu) November 28, 2017
If Kenyans themselves are treated as refugees in their own country because they belong to politically incorrect tribes, how will Ugandans and Tanzanians receive brotherly treatment in Kenya as a speaker in Kasarani claimed? #KenyaMourns #NASAmemorial #InaugurationKE pic.twitter.com/7A2BhZzHpn
— Phil (@phil_254) November 28, 2017
Congratulations to the coolest president in Africa HE President Uhuru Kenyatta. May God guide and bless you as you continue to promote peace, unity and development in Kenya as well as strengthening ties across and beyond our borders #InaugurationKe pic.twitter.com/n7Gf4gAaVg
— ★Ms.Kiyiekah♤ (@RawkinsLizzie) November 28, 2017
President Uhuru Kenyatta said Ugandans can move freely in Kenya with no Visa but just their IDs. They can work without permits and own property now in Kenya like any normal Kenya
Question is…..What about Migingo? #InaugurationKe
— Thee Trend Setter ™ (@xtiandela) November 28, 2017