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Uhuru receives instruments of power

10 April 2013, 15:11 Alloys Musyoka

Former President Mwai Kibaki watched the end of his reign as the commander in chief of Kenyan defence forces as his white presidential standard was lowered while his successor, uhuru kenyattaa`s navy blue standard was hoisted.

Kibaki also handed over the ceremonial word which was given to uhuru`s father, Jomo Kenyatta, 50 years ago marking the transfer of power and auntority from one leaderships to another including the then Constitution, as part of the instruments of power as Chief of Kenyan Defence Forces.

Julius Karangi watched at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi.

Immediately after receiving the instruments of power, Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) welcomed the new president with the ceremonial 21-gun salute.

The ceremonial sword and the 21-gun salute are symbols used for a long time to signify power and authority. The sword goes way back to the Japanese dynasty. 

The KDF adopted the 21-gun-salute from the British.

The Constitution was  handed over as a symbol that the country is governed by the rule of law, which is supposed to be the guide in the choices the President makes.

The ceremonial sword, made of stainless steel handle and a gold-coated blade, is traditionally kept at the office of President in Harambee House, Nairobi.

Unlike on Tuesday where Kibaki ceded the instruments of power to President Kenyatta, his father Mzee Kenyatta had nt presided over a similar ceremony since he died in office on August 1978.

Former President Daniel Moi was given the instruments of power by the army upon assumption of office in 1978, having served as Mzee Kenyatta’s principal assistant and Vice-President.

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