More than 20 Heads of State are expected in Nairobi to witness the inauguration of Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya’s president for a second term.
The organizing body for the event confirmed the arrival of some leaders already, though declined to give names.
East African regional leaders are however said to have all confirmed their attendance.
Some leaders are already in the capital.
Zambian President H.E. Edgar Lungu has arrived in Nairobi this evening for the inauguration of his Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto tomorrow in Kasarani. pic.twitter.com/Y8ylc5n0l6
— AMB: Amina C. Mohamed (@AMB_A_Mohammed) November 27, 2017
Uganda's President @KagutaMuseveni arrives in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi to attend the swearing in ceremony of @UKenyatta for the 2nd and last term in office at Kasarani.
Museveni is serving his 5th term and he is Africa's 4th longest serving president @nbstv #InaugurationKe pic.twitter.com/wvgJcqV0Fg
— Joyce Bagala (@joycebagala1) November 27, 2017
Kenyatta was declared winner of the October 26 poll with over 98 percent, after the main opposition leader Raila Odinga boycotted it.
Odinga’s NASA coalition withdrew from the vote demanding electoral changes, including the resignation of some staff of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission whom it accused of engaging in malpractices in the initial August 8 election.
The opposition leader is also among the other presidential candidates invited to attend the inauguration ceremony, though his coalition has planned a parallel gathering.
As early as 4:00AM local time, tens of thousands of people had begun streaming into the Kasarani Stadium where the swearing in ceremony will be held.
The event will however officially begin at 10:00AM local time.
The US$ 3 million fete is expected to last no more than two hours, with a reception at State House planned for the dignitaries afterwards.