NAIROBI – Speaking, Tuesday at the second inauguration ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyatta, President Yoweri Museveni urged Kenyans to focus more on nation building rather than politics.
Museveni encouraged Kenyans to also focus on peace, family and development. The Ugandan Head of State also commended Kenyans for keeping the peace in what he considered a successful electioneering period.
“I beseech all Kenyans to consider three things. The first is peace. Secondly, the prosperity of the family unit and development…But do not concentrate too much on politics and forget the other three,” he said.
“On behalf of all the people of Uganda, congratulations for the election and for maintaining peace,” he added.
Museveni was in attendance among eight other heads of state who graced President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto’s swearing-in ceremony at the Kasarani stadium.
The fete, a historic one and a colourful one for that matter, was also attended by a number of dignitaries from Africa and special envoys from around the world, not forgetting the thousands of Kenyans who gathered at the sports arena to witness Kenyatta take his second and final oath of office.
Others in attendance included presidents Salva Kiir (South Sudan), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Somalia), Edgar Lungu (Zambia), Ian Khama (Botswana), Ismail Omar Guelleh Muhammed (Djibouti), Ali Bongo Ondimba (Gabon) and Hage Geingob (Namibia).
Former heads of state of South Africa (Thabo Mbeki) and Zambia (Kenneth Kaunda) were also present. Nigeria, Tanzania, Burundi were among countries who sent their vice presidents to witness the swearing-in ceremony that was delayed after the Supreme court annulled the August 8 election.
Prime ministers from Senegal, Guinea and Ethiopia were also present to show support for Kenyatta who is now serving his final term in office with his work cut out to unify Kenyans after a prolonged electioneering period.
The event was also attended by various ambassadors, representatives of special envoys from China, Japan, United Kingdom, Eritrea, among others. President Museveni, Lungu (Zambia), Gabon’s Ali Bongo and Rwanda’s Kagame spoke on behalf of other heads of state.