The Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) has officially bid farewell to President Mwai Kibaki who is stepping down after 10 years as Commander-in-Chief (CIC) at the Moi Airbase grounds in Eastleigh, Nairobi.
The head of the army Gen. Julius Karangi handed over to the outgoing president a tractor, a ceremonial CIC uniform, a 24 dinner set for Mama Lucy Kibaki, dairy cows, and a portrait among other items.
In his farewell speech, President Kibaki told members of the armed forces that it has been a tremendous honor to serve as Commander in Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces, adding that he was proud of their achievements. He paid tribute to the soldiers who died in line of duty, saying they paid the ultimate price to defend the country.
Mwai Kibaki commended the forces for their peace-keeping role in Somalia and encouraged the incoming government to work closely with African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) and the International Community in reconstructing the state of Somalia.
Uhuru Kenyatta was pronounced winner of the poll with more than 50%, but Odinga, who came second with at least 43% of the votes cast, rejected the results on grounds of alleged election malpractice by both the electoral and boundaries commission and Kenyatta. He petitioned the court to have Kenyatta’s victory overturned.
The swearing in ceremony for Kenyatta which had earlier been set for March 26, has been pushed to April 7 to allow the court finalise its work
Head of Kenya civil Service Francis Kimemia was quoted in the media as saying a fresh presidential election will be held on May 31 in case the Supreme Court overturns Kenyatta’s win.