Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is among the 20 heads of state that are allegedly expected to attend president Uhuru’s swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, November 28 at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani.
Mr. Netanyahu, who became the first sitting Israeli PM to visit Kenya during his maiden visit in July 2016, is expected to fly in the country on Tuesday morning and later fly back the same day.
Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe has however failed to release the list of the 20 heads of state, who are expected to grace Uhuru’s inauguration, saying the list was likely to increase as they had sent invites to various heads of state who are yet to confirm attendance.
“On Tuesday next week we expect a high number of high profile guests, preparations are underway even as we prepare the final list of dignitaries who will grace the event,” Kiraithe said.
Kiraithe also dismissed allegations that the government was soliciting for congratulatory messages for Uhuru Kenyatta after the supreme court upheld his election in the repeat presidential poll on October 26.
“The government of Kenya does not have that kind of inferiority complex that would make us solicit for congratulation messages,” he said.
ODINGA REJECTS CALLS TO SWEAR HIM IN
National Super Alliance (NASA) principal Raila Odinga has rejected calls to have him sworn in alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta in a parallel ceremony as it had been anticipated by his supporters.
Odinga is said to have declared this stand at a meeting with NASA leaders on Saturday at Maanzoni Lodge, Machakos County to the chagrin of the leaders who were advocating for him to be sworn in based on the August Elections, which they say he won.
Odinga, however, said that NASA will hold its own event on Tuesday at the Jacaranda Grounds, to mourn the people killed by police on November 17 as they went to JKIA to welcome him after a 10-day trip in the US.
RAILA’S BIGGEST MISTAKE?
Dr. Miguna Miguna, who recently joined the National resistance movement (NRM) formed by NASA, took to Twitter to convey his disappointment with Raila’s decision against being sworn in alongside Uhuru Kenyatta, terming it as “Odinga’s biggest mistake”.
Miguna Miguna: I’ll not be at the Kasarani Stadium to witness the beautification of an atrocity and the bedecking of despots. I’ll not be at the Jacaranda Grounds to prostrate myself in surrender to fraudsters. I’ll only mourn our heroes, heroines and martyrs AFTER LIBERATION!