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Kenyatta finally sworn in

Publish date: 04 December 2017
Issue Number: 754
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in last week for a second term, but his vow to heal the country’s divisions was overshadowed by violent protests and a pledge from his rival to stage his own inauguration. A Mail & Guardian Online report notes that Kenya’s schisms after a gruelling election period were on full display on the very first day of Kenyatta’s second five-year term. The pomp of the inauguration ceremony contrasted with clouds of teargas fired at opposition leader Raila Odinga and his supporters as they attempted to rally elsewhere in Nairobi. At least one person died in the clashes. Odinga rejected the inauguration and vowed to hold his own swearing-in on 12 December, the day the country marks its independence from Britain.

Full Mail & Guardian Online report