Obama among high-profile people invited for Uhuru swearing-in

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Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Barack Obama when the latter visited Kenya in 2016. PHOTO: ABC

Former US President Barack Obama might return to the country as a civilian next week, after the committee preparing the swearing-in ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyatta for a second term, sent him an invite.

Also in the list is UN Secretary General António Guterres and a host of heads of state who are also expected to grace the occasion to be held at Kasarani Stadium this coming Tuesday (November 28, 2017).

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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. Kenyatta will be sworn in again on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 after securing a second term. PHOTO: MENG CHENGUANG/XINHUA
Uhuru who is coming out of a bitterly contested political duel is reportedly using the upcoming ceremony to show he has the blessings of the local people and those from abroad.

Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, in his capacity as the Commonwealth chairperson, is also among those who have been invited.

Zipo.co.ke has learnt that guests will start streaming into the country on Monday morning and African presidents will receive the invites through the AU.

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“A blanket invitation has been sent out to all heads of State from Africa and other parts of the world. As of now, it’s difficult to tell who will attend, but as a tradition, most of those under the AU will be present,” the Star quoted a source.

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the heads of states will inspect a guard of honour before being driven to State House for lunch.

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Apart from the VIPs, the committee preparing the swearing-in ceremony is expecting Kenyans to attend in their thousands but noted the stadium can only host 60,000 people. The rest will watch the event from outside on mounted screens, the source added.