Uhuru Kenyatta to be sworn in for second term after months of political volatility

Uhuru Kenyatta to be sworn in for second term after months of political volatility

Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in at a ceremony in Kasarani today. Kenyatta’s inaugural speech will likely contain a pitch to end economic stagnation resulting from a severe drought and the prolonged election crisis. While the national treasury has reduced this year’s growth target from 5.9% to 5.1%, the economy has demonstrated resilience thanks to the efforts

Uhuru Kenyatta swearing in

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Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in at a ceremony in Kasarani today.

Kenyatta’s inaugural speech will likely contain a pitch to end economic stagnation resulting from a severe drought and the prolonged election crisis. While the national treasury has reduced this year’s growth target from 5.9% to 5.1%, the economy has demonstrated resilience thanks to the efforts of micro-medium enterprises in wholesale, retail, transport and others. Operating in the informal sector, they contribute 18% towards annual economic output.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Raila Odinga will be leading a memorial in Embakasi for 26 protesters killed by police following his boycott of October’s election re-run—its result upheld by the high court last week. He accuses the Jubilee party government of sponsoring police brutality to deter his supporters.

The Kenyatta-Odinga dispute will likely continue since the latter refuses to recognise Kenyatta’s legitimacy. Without reconciliation, this could further enflame socio-political divisions and risk greater economic decline.

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