• There are rumours that President Kenyatta is reluctant to attend the swearing-in of his successor William Ruto
• Legally the swearing-in can proceed without the presence of the previous President
There is a rumour, possibly spread by UDA, that President Uhuru Kenyatta will not attend the swearing-in of his successor William Ruto.
Rumour or not, that would be a very bad idea. President Kenyatta needs to demonstrate by his presence at Kasarani on Tuesday that institutions in Kenya are stronger than individuals. This is something to be proud of, something to be celebrated.
It is no secret that Uhuru and his government did not want Ruto to be elected president and actively worked against him. During the campaigns, Uhuru openly criticised Ruto and said he would not hand over power to him.
But Ruto still won the election with just over 50 percent of the vote and the Supreme Court confirmed his victory.
Legally, the swearing-in can proceed without the presence of President Kenyatta but it is still highly desirable that he should attend.
Kenya is a divided country – its voters split 50-49 – and Uhuru can calm the nation with a reconciliatory speech.
And Uhuru's presence will follow the gracious precedent set by President Moi in 2002 at President Kibaki's swearing-in. His presence will remind all Kenyans that the country is bigger than any politician.
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