After winning the presidential elections in March, and the Supreme Court upholding his victory against Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta is set to be sworn in as Kenya’s new President, making him ‘Kenya’s youngest president’ so far . Tens of thousands of people have packed a stadium in the capital, Nairobi, to witness his inauguration.
Mr Kenyatta is 51 years old, and is the son of Kenya’s founding father, Jomo Kenyatta, and is heir to one of the largest fortunes in Kenya. He served as deputy prime minister, Minister for Trade, and Finance Minister under outgoing President Mwai Kibaki.
Among the African leaders present for the inauguration are South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni.
According to official results, Mr Kenyatta beat Mr Odinga by 50.07% to 43.28% in March, avoiding a run-off by just 8,100 votes.
Mr Odinga challenged the result, but said he would respect the Supreme Court ruling in Mr Kenyatta’s favour.
After the ruling, Mr Kenyatta said his government would “work with and serve all Kenyans without any discrimination whatsoever”.
Mr Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, face charges at the International Criminal Court relating to post-election violence five years ago. Mr Kenyatta is due to appear at the ICC for his trial in The Hague later this year, accused of crimes against humanity. He denies the charges.