Christine Lagat and Chrispinus Omar NAIROBI (Xinhua)
Mungania, a 35 year old Kenya’s shop owner woke up
at dawn on Tuesday to undertake minor chores before
setting off to Kasarani Stadium where the swearing-
in ceremony for President elect, Uhuru Kenyatta took
morning breeze and occasional showers could not
deter the youthful entrepreneur from trekking a
distance of seven kilometers to witness history
unfolds in his motherland.
decided to take a break from my day’s job to join
other Kenyans in witnessing this important
occasion. Most of my friends and family members
took a break from their busy schedule to attend
the inauguration of our new president,” Mungania
told Xinhua on Nairobi’s busy superhighway.
among an ecstatic crowd that waved Kenyan flags as
they trooped back home after witnessing the swearing
in of the new president and his deputy.
and his comrades had radiant faces having
participated in a historical occasion when Kenyatta
took the reins of power in the east Africa’s largest
economy amid pomp and color.
have watched several presidential inaugurations
but this one was quite momentous. This is a clear
indication that the future is bright and we hope
the new president and his team will not betray
us,” said Mungania.
earned a place in history after conducting peaceful
elections in March to install a new president, his
deputy and representatives for the national assembly
and county governments.
Kenyan president will not only usher in a new
transition, but also restyle the east African nation
to make it a significant player in regional and
ordinary Kenyans like Mungania, the hour of
reckoning arrived on Tuesday when the 51-year-old
Kenyatta took oath of office and pledged to serve
the nation, heal its fractious politics and
rejuvenate the economy.
wish is that the president will fulfill his
campaign pledges on reviving the economy to expand
job opportunities for the youth. As a small scale
trader in a poorer suburb of Nairobi, I have
witnessed the ugly side of joblessness like crime,
alcoholism and drug addiction,” said Mungania.
operates a shop in Umoja one estate, a low income
district east of Nairobi. The sea of humanity that
thronged Kasarani stadium to witness the
inauguration of a new president illustrated the
depth of hope for a better future among Kenyans,
least of all the country’s youth.
from all walks of life who spoke to Xinhua on
Tuesday agreed that Kenya is on the path of a new
renaissance as a new government hit the ground
running to implement a raft of policies to transform
campaigns, the Jubilee Alliance headed by the new
president launched an ambitious manifesto detailing
how they intend to transform Kenya’s economic,
social and political pillars.
will be a listening and pro active government that
will serve all Kenyans irrespective of creed,
political affiliation, color and gender. The
Jubilee government will be inclusive and
responsive to the needs and aspirations of the
common citizen,” Kenyatta promised during the
won with a wide margin, it is appropriate to say
the new president enjoys overwhelming mandate from
Kenyans to offer a refreshing leadership that the
country requires at this critical juncture in our
history,” said a political analyst, Charles
comments were echoed by Annabel Waititu, a
grassroots women leader who remarked that the new
president has an urgent task of fulfilling campaign
pledges especially in areas of national cohesion,
economic growth and empowerment of disadvantaged
president promised that his government will
empower women, youths and the disabled through
policy and financial incentives. We are watching
to see if he will keep his word,” said Waititu.
Kenyans who have a firm grasp of the country’s
history since independence from British colonialists
were upbeat that their offspring will reap from a
new renaissance as young and energetic leadership
take up the reins of power.
is a memorable occasion in the country when the
youngest president since independence takes over.
Let us hope the new president and his team will
offer a fresh vision for the country,” said a
65-year-old pensioner, Job Muriithi.