Kasarani packed to capacity ahead of President Uhuru’s swearing in ceremony

Kenyans at Kasarani to witness the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Thousands of people have flocked at  Moi International Sports Centre for the inauguration of President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.

Uasin Gishu, Kajiado, Kericho,Kiambu and Elgeyo Marakwet counties are some but a few that transported their residents to the venue.

The stadium is also expecting 20 heads of state and more than 40 dignitaries across the world. Among the 20 head of states, will be  Uganda Yoweri Museveni, Zambia’s president Edgar Lungu, among many others.

Also in attendance, are 40 foreign dignitaries including Former South African president Thabo Mbeki,  Tanzanian vice president Samiah Suluhu, Ethiopian Prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Nigerian’s vice president Yemi Osinbajo.

Earlier, a Stampede had taken place at the public entrance gates after the number of people that showed up surpassed the 60,000 that the stadium can accommodate.

Police had to use teargas to restore order.This prompted the organizing team to set up screens outside the stadium for the 40, 000 people outside the gate who couldn’t fit into the stadium.

Chief justice David Maraga together with Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu have already arrived at the venue. Former first lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta is also in attendance.

30 governors led by Council of Governors Chairperson Josephat Nanok are also present for the inauguration ceremony.

Kenyan artists including, Emmy Kosgei, size 8 and Kaymo and Stigah and various bands are at the venue entertaining guests.

Deputy president William Ruto is already at the venue.

President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to arrive at any moment from now.

The celebration is said to have cost the country 300 million.

Additional reporting by Fatma Mabruk