President Uhuru Kenyatta is Mogadishu
Uhuru made the visit amid security lockdown
President Uhuru Kenyatta made a surprise visit to Mogadishu Wednesday to witness the inauguration of Somalia’s new President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.
Somali is in lockdown over security fears, with very little activity during the swearing in ceremony.
“On my own behalf and that of the people of Kenya, I express our hearty congratulations to you your Excellency on your election as the ninth President of the Federal Government of Somalia,” said Uhuru during his speech at the ceremony.
Watch President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech here:
President Farmajo, who has US-Somali dual citizenship won the election a fortnight ago after two rounds of voting.
The election was done by MPs and Farmajo successfully dethroned President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud amid reports of vote-buying.
Residents have expressed confidence that the new President will help tame the escalating insecurity and corruption that have plunged the country’s economy for decades.