NAIROBI – Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta will today be sworn in as president of the country for a second term, a week after Kenya’s Supreme Court validated his poll victory.
The 56-year old is the fourth president of the Republic of Kenya and has been very active in the country’s politics since 2003 when he was Member of Parliament for Gatundu South.
He rose through the ranks and in 2013 represented the Jubilee Party of Kenya in the presidential elections where he won by popular votes to become the country’s fourth democratic president.
Fast-forward 2017, the incumbent president defended his office with a landslide win in the re-run elections against his main rival, Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance.
Although Odinga did not participate in the re-run elections citing cases of violence and intimidation of his followers, Kenyatta’s followers went all out to cast their votes as they won by 98.2%.
The National Super Alliance has been very vocal against the win of Kenyatta but the Supreme Court validated the elections saying they were “free and fair”
The decision by the court sparked violent protests from opposition parties which left two dead, summing up 56 people who have died during a four-month political unrest in the country,
According to Rights groups, the police was responsible for the killing of most victims