Nairobi - Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn as Kenya's fourth
president on Tuesday to cheers from tens of thousands of supporters, despite
facing an international crimes against humanity trial.
"I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true
allegiance to the Republic of Kenya," Kenyatta said, clutching a bible as
he took the oath of office.
Kenyatta, wearing a dark suit and red tie, also pledged to
"protect and uphold, the sovereignty, integrity and dignity of the people
Officials had to appeal for quiet as 60 000 people packed
into Kenya's national football stadium chanted Kenyatta's name and roared in
support as they danced.
William Ruto, who like Kenyatta faces trial at the
International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity in The Hague,
took the oath of office as vice-president.
"I will always truly and diligently serve the people
and the Republic of Kenya in the office of the deputy president,"
"I will do justice to all without fear, favour,
affection and ill will," he added.
Security was heavy as Kenyatta loyalists, dressed in the red
colours of the winning Jubilee Coalition party, waved as military bands played
tunes to welcome the new leader and say farewell to outgoing President Mwai
Kibaki, 81, retiring after more than a decade in power.
Before handing over power Kibaki circled the stadium waving
to crowds from an open topped vehicle and accompanied by a guard of honour.
Heads of state of Kenya's neighbours watching the ceremony
included Ethiopia's Hailemariam Desalegn, Somalia's Hassan Sheikh Mohamud,
South Sudan's Salva Kiir, Tanzania's Jakaya Kikwete and Uganda's Yoweri
Western nations, many of whom have a policy of only
"essential contact" with ICC indictees, have said they sent
ambassadors to the ceremony.