Mugabe attends Kenyatta's inauguration
09 April 2013, 13:52
Nairobi - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is among African dignitaries witnessing history unfold at the swearing in of Kenya’s fourth president, Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mugabe is attending the inauguration at the Moi Sports Complex in Nairobi, along with a number of African heads of states and government. He arrived in Kenya yesterday.
Like Mugabe, Kenyatta used an anti-West rhetoric to win popular support in the election. He beat his main rival; Kenya’s outgoing Prime Minister Raila Odinga, by more than 7 per cent.
In Kenyatta, analysts say Mugabe will find an ally who never shies away from bashing European and American governments over perceived meddling in African countries’ internal political affairs.
Odinga, an ally of the West, has been a vocal critic of Mugabe and a close ally of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. He has on several occasions called on Mugabe to relinquish power.
Mugabe, one of Africa’s longest serving presidents, has been in power since 1980 when Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain.
When Odinga launched his presidential bid in January, Tsvangirai attended Odinga’s party’s delegate conference in Nairobi and endorsed him as a selfless African politician.
Kenyatta is taking over from President Mwai Kibaki who is retiring after 10 years in power.
Kenyatta becomes the first President to lead the country under a post-independence constitution.
- CAJ News