POLICE fired teargas to disperse angry opposition supporters in Nairobi as Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in Tuesday for a second term.
The ceremony, which ended with a 21-gun salute, was overshadowed by chaos in another part of the Kenyan capital city as police engaged in running battles with opposition supporters trying to gather for a rally.
Chaos also marked the start of the swearing-in ceremony at the 60,000-seat Kasarani stadium, as Kenyatta supporters attempted to force their way into the venue, prompting police to fire tear gas while officers on horseback struggled to curb the flow of people.
Organizers had said there was space for 40,000 people who did not get in to watch the event on big screens outside the stadium. However no such screens were provided.
Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto took the oaths of office in front of some 13 mostly African heads of state, including from South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and Somalia.
Prime ministers, foreign ministers and special envoys represented other African nations, as well as Qatar, Serbia, Ukraine and the UAE.
The inauguration came after the Supreme Court validated Kenyatta’s victory in last month’s rerun poll.
The disputed election season has split the country along ethnic and regional lines.