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Raila invited to Uhuru Sh300m swearing-in ceremony

Nasa leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka are among the guests invited to the swearing in of President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, November 28.

The lavish event cost Sh300 million, the planning committee has said.

Though the Assumption of Office of the President Committee did not release a breakdown of the expenditure, Chief of Staff in the Office of the President Joseph Kinyua on Friday termed the budget as modest and “only adequate”.

The committee said it had invited the seven other presidential candidates and their running mates to the Tuesday event when Mr Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto will take oaths of office for their second term.

Mr Kinyua asked the Raila Odinga-led National Super Alliance (Nasa) to shelve its plans for a parallel rally in Nairobi on the same day the president will swear.

NOT NECESSARY

“As a people who would want us to move together as one, we will plead that it is not necessary to have any other public function that day,” he said.

“We can bring out the issues we want discussed later. We should all work towards a cohesive, united Kenyan society.”

He went on: “The swearing-in of the president on Tuesday is a historic day. Any other function will be like me choosing to have tea, and which is my right, but there will be nothing historic about it.”

Mr Kinyua, who chairs the 22-member committee—on which sit nine Cabinet secretaries, a number of principal secretaries, and security heads from all sectors— said security in and out of Kasarani stadium would be guaranteed.

“All Kenyans are invited to the venue and we have made all arrangements to ensure that their security is guaranteed,” he said.