Friday, March 01, 2013
United States President Barack Obama is among world leaders invited for the swearing in ceremony of Kenya’s fourth president.
Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia
said Friday the government has invited the British Prime Minister David
Cameron, and European Union Head of States.
Also invited are presidents of regional
body, the East African Community (EAC). They include Uganda President
Yoweri Museveni, Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and
Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza.
“You can be sure that we will invite the
American President. If he cannot come then he can delegate. If you go
to the European Union we have the various countries," said Mr Kimemia
during a media briefing on the assumption of office for a new president
at the Hotel InterContinental, Nairobi.
"If you go to the continent of Africa,
we have key representatives since we cannot invite everybody to come and
witness this historic occasion,” he stated.
Mr Kimemia urged Kenyans to maintain peace before, during and after the elections.
"We urge Kenyans to maintain peace. We have put in place
everything necessary to ensure this process is successful. We have
mobilised all our internal security organs to ensure that Kenyans are
fully secure round the clock,” he said.
The new president is expected to take the oath of office on March 26, three weeks after Kenyans go to the polls.
However, this will only happen if there is a clear winner in the March 4 General Election.
A candidate is required to garner 50 per
cent plus one of the total votes cast in the elections and at least 25
per cent in half of the 47 Counties countrywide to be declared as duly
At the briefing, Inspector General of
Police David Kimaiyo said 290 CID officers will be deployed to the 47
Counties to monitor hate and violence and gather evidence leading to the
successful prosecution of electoral violence cases.
If there is no clear winner on March 4, a
run off pitting the two top candidates will be held within 30 days
after the first vote.