AS UHURU KENYATA SWORN IN WHAT TO EXPECT

UHURU KENYATA

As Uhuru Kenyatta took the oath of office it was both a new beginning and, in a sense, a continuation of the past.

He is the first president to be elected under Kenya’s new constitution, which it is hoped, will put an end to the fierce tribalism that has bedevilled Kenyan politics. The fact that last month’s poll passed off largely peacefully is perhaps a sign of its success.

But Mr Kenyatta is also very much of the established order, the son of Kenya’s founding father, and one of the country’s richest men. His challenge will be to persuade the nation that he will govern for “all Kenyans,” and not just an ethnically based elite.

He could become the first sitting head of state to appear in the dock at The Hague. But with the case against his co-accused collapsed, he is likely to begin his presidency in a confident mood.

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