Uncertainty surrounds swearing in of new President

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Uhuru Kenyatta lifts up the Commander-in-Chief ceremonial sword received from former President Mwai Kibaki [front second left] during the inauguration ceremony at Moi International Sports Center in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, April 9, 2013. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta officially took office on Tuesday after being sworn into office as the East African nation’s fourth president. PHOTO: MENG CHENGUANG/XINHUA

Crisis looms regarding the swearing in of the President after the General Election scheduled for August 8 following revelation by State House that the money needed for the ceremony is not in the national budget.

Officials say about KSh 384.25 million is needed for the swearing in ceremony and the transition committee tasked with making sure there’s seamless power transition.

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NASA leaders during Bomet Rally on February 4, 2017. Transition of power is key if the Opposition wins. PHOTO: TWITTER

Apparently, the monies are not included in the national budget for the financial year that starts in July, forcing State House to lobby Parliament for the millions to be included in the budget for a smooth political transition.

“Due to budgetary constraints, the presidency could not fund the following key activities… the assumption of the office of the President,” State House noted it its budget submission to Parliament according to Business Daily.

The budget will come in handy especially if an Opposition candidate wins the election and power is transferred from the incumbent.

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The committee that oversees the transition comprises of 22 people, including security chiefs, Attorney-General, principal secretaries, one Cabinet secretary and three persons nominated by the President-elect in line with the Assumption of Office of President Act.