President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in on Tuesday (28/11/17) at the Moi International Sports Complex Kasarani.
After taking oath of office, President Uhuru in his speech directed that Form One admissions must be completed by next month before the country ushers in the new year.
Uhuru said all students who sat this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations must know which secondary schools they will enroll by December 25.
“I direct that, in line with our promise of free day secondary school education, all candidates who sat their KCPE this year will know their Form One placement by Christmas this year,” said Uhuru.
The Head of State said that his greatest joy would be for the children to achieve their goals and be future leaders.
“The greatest joy of my presidency has been my interaction with them (students). They have and remain my greatest strength and inspiration. They are a clean slate, on which we can write the future,” he said.
He also promised to invest more in the country’s children.
“I see the promise of a nation on the rise; in them, I see the promise of a united nation, whose identity is not defined by ethnic markings. We shall overcome our ethnic barriers. And we shall do so by learning from our children,” he said.
Several heads of state attended the inauguration at the 60,000-seater Kasarani.
They were: South Sudan President Salva Kiir, Zambia president Edgar Lungu, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, Botswana President Ian Khama, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and Gabon President Ali Bongo.
Others included; African Union Representative Pierre Buyoya and Rupiah Banda, Special envoys from Eritrea and Zambia, former Senegal Prime Minister Aminata Touré, Foreign Affairs Ministers from Palestine and India Algeria’s Speaker of the National Assembly.