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Thousands of people thronged Kasarani Stadium to witness President Uhuru Kenyatta being sworn in for his second and final term.

Also present was his former running mate and now deputy (again) William Ruto at the 60,000-seater stadium which was filled to capacity as early 10am before the two leaders took the oath of allegiance, and the oath of due execution of office, and signing them.

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Uhuru Kenyatta takes the oath office during his inauguration at Kasarani Stadium on November 28, 2017. PHOTO: PSCU

The oaths were administered by Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi before Chief Justice David Maraga.

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William Ruto takes oath office during inauguration at Kasarani Stadium on November 28, 2017. PHOTO: PSCU

The President put pen to paper and signed the oaths before the CJ countersigned and thereafter handing them to the Head of State, with the deputy going through the same process.

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Supporters arrived in the wee hours of the morning. /TWITTER

The ceremony however lacked the pleasantries of handover of the instruments of power and the Constitution, which happens when a new president is taking charge. Uhuru did it in 2013 when power was passed from his predecessor Mwai Kibaki.

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The Head of State was honoured with a 21-gun salute by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) who welcomed their commander-in-chief.

President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta inspects a guard of honour before taking the oath of office at Kasarani Stadium on November 28, 2017. /TWITTER

After taking the oath of office, President Kenyatta gave his inaugural second term speech which touched on economic transformation plan ahead of an apparent uphill task to heal a nation deeply divided following a dispute poll.

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Crowd in jubilation after the swearing-in of President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO: KANYIRI WAHITO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Security was heightened in and around the sports stadium for the historic event.