Uhuru Kenyatta swore in as the youngest-ever president of Kenya

Uhuru Kenyatta, 51, swore in as the fourth president of Kenya on Tuesday. The event was attended by a huge crowd including numerous heads of state and American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. Kenyatta changed the history of Kenya by becoming it’s youngest-ever president.

The inauguration took place at a Nairobi stadium where Jackson, a former U.S. presidential candidate, attended the celebration as a private guest. After the Supreme Court of Kenya settled the dispute, Kenyatta was declared the winner of crucial general election with 50.07% vote while his main competitor, Raila Odinga, received 43.31% of the vote.

“The court has now spoken. I wish the president-elect and his team well,” Odinga said.

These elections were also interesting because Kenyatta and Odinga are the sons of Kenya’s first president and vice president, respectively. The fathers entered into politics as allies with the sole purpose of getting Kenya independent from Britain. However, the ties soon broke when Jomo Kenyatta tried to force out vice president, Jaramogi Odinga.

Kenyatta began his political career in 2001 when he served as a Minister of Local Government for two years. He has assumed charge in difficult times. His victory is likely to have an adverse affect on the diplomatic relations with the West since he has been accused by the International Criminal Court for allegedly funding a local militia that conducted reprisal attacks in the last election in 2007.

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