Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term as president of Kenya on Tuesday after winning a controversial rerun election on October 26.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony in Nairobi, Mr. Kenyatta vowed to strive for unity in the country during his second term.
“To my competitors, and in the spirit of inclusivity, I will endeavor to incorporate some of their ideas. The election was not a contest between a good dream and a bad dream. It was a contest between two competing visions,” Mr. Kenyatta told a crowd at Kasarani stadium.
“I will devote my time and energy to build bridges, to unite and bring prosperity to all Kenyans.”
BBC reported that two opposition supporters who were protesting in the capital city were killed in clashes with the police, while the Associated Press reported that a seven-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his National Super Alliance (NASA) have refused to recognize Mr. Kenyatta’s victory.
Mr. Kenyatta defeated Mr. Odinga in the August 8 election, which was annulled by the Supreme Court for irregularities. The court scheduled a rerun election for October 26.
The opposition leader boycotted the October 26 poll on the grounds that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) did not replace certain officials who he believed were responsible for the irregularities recorded in the August 8 election.
With his challenger out of the race, Mr. Kenyatta ran virtually unopposed on October 26, securing 98 percent of the vote. Only 39 percent of Kenya’s voting population participated in the poll.
The Supreme Court ruled last week that the rerun election was valid. The opposition, however, rejected the ruling, saying it was made "under duress."