Today, August 25, 2022, the newly elected governors in the August 9 elections have been sworn in across the country in order to start their 5-year tenures.
According to the law, the governors took oath of office at various times but between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, and for the first time, the governors took an integrity oath in which they committed to uphold good governance and shun corruption.
Flag of Kenya. PHOTO/Courtesy
As the norm, each signed a certificate of inauguration as they received the respective county symbols, including the flag, coat of arms, the Constitution, and the public seal, from their respective outgoing governors as a sign of transfer of power and authority.
The law states that the swearing-in of the governor-elect shall occur in a public ceremony before a High Court judge, and indeed there was pomp and colour in various venues where the events took place, save for Kakamega and Mombasa which are still waiting for their elections.
For Kakamega and Mombasa, the gubernatorial elections will be held on August 29, 2022, after they were rescheduled by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Here are the photos from the swearing-in ceremonies.
Nairobi Governor-elect Johnson Sakaja signs certificate of inauguration as he takes over from outgoing Governor Anne Kananu. PHOTO/Twitter Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja after being sworn in as the county's fourth Governor. PHOTO/Twitter Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang' Nyong'o signing certificate of inauguration after being sworn. PHOTO/ Viola Kosome Uasin Gishu's second Governor Jonathan Bii takes oath of office. PHOTO/James Gitaka Outgoing Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago (right) hands over the instruments of power to Governor Jonathan Bii (left). PHOTO/James Gitaka Nakuru Governor-elect Susan Kihika signing certificate of inauguration at the Nakuru Showground. PHOTO/Shadrack Nyakoe Governor Susan Kihika receiving the certificate from Justice Weldon Korir. PHOTO/Shadrack Nyakoe. Trans Nzoia County's second Governor George Natembeya displaying instruments of power after receiving it from the outgoing Governor Patrick Khaemba. PHOTO/Emanuel Tarus Murang'a county governor-elect Irungu Kang'ata taking oath of office. PHOTO/Wangari Njuguna Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru signs certificate of inauguration after taking oath of office. PHOTO/Richard Mugo Wavinya Ndeti signing certificate of inauguration after being sworn in as the second governor of Machakos County at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos. PHOTO/ Zipporah Ngwatu Lady Justice Mary Kasango awards Embu Governor-elect Cecily Mbarire certificate of inauguration after taking oath of office at the University of Embu grounds. PHOTO/Brian Malila Embu Governor-elect Cecily Mbarire and her deputy Justus Mugo display their certificates after being sworn in. PHOTO/Brian Malila Meru Governor-elect Kawira Mwangaza signs oath of office to take over from outgoing Governor Kiraitu Murungi. PHOTO/Dorcas Mbatia Baringo Governor-elect Benjamin Cheboi displaying his certificate after taking oath of office administered by Justice Hillary Chemitei at ASK Showgrounds Kabarnet. PHOTO/Faith Lagat Isiolo governor Abdi Hassan Guyo signs certificate of inauguration after taking oath of office. PHOTO/Brenda Gakii Dr. Julius Makau Malombe displaying his certificate of inauguration as he takes over as the third Kitui governor. PHOTO/Zipporah Ngwatu Governor Mutahi Kahiga displays certificate of inauguration to the public moment after swearing-in. PHOTO/Loise Wambugu Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku taking oath of office at Kajiado grounds in a ceremony presided over by Justice Charles Kariuki and Magistrate Elizabeth Gicheha. He is flanked by his wife Edna Lenku. PHOTO/Christine Musa Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku displays his certificate to the members of the public shortly after being sworn in as governor for a second term. PHOTO /Christine Musa Nandi Governor Stephen Sang displaying his certificate of inauguration after he was sworn in at Kapsabet Agricultural Showground. The ceremony was presided over by Justice Eric Ogola. PHOTO/Isaiah Cheruiyot Outgoing Laikipia Governor Nderitu Muriithi hands over instruments of power to the new Governor Joshua Wakahora Irungu. PHOTO/Ndiritu Wanjiru Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga taking an oath of office at Homa Bay County Stadium. The event was presided over by Lady Justice Asenath Ongeri. PHOTO/Habil Onyango Bungoma Governor-elect Ken Makelo Lusaka taking oath of office. PHOTO/Enock Gudahi Vihiga Governor Wilberforce Ottichilo signing inaugural certificate at Kidundu Sports Ground in Central Maragoli. Ottichilo took oath of office in presence of Justice David Kemei. PHOTO/Collins Mmbulika Former West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo (right) hands over tools of power to Governor-elect Simon Kachapin. PHOTO/Joseph Kintu Mutula Kilonzo Jnr signing certificate of inauguration at Unoa grounds after being sworn in as the second governor of Makueni County. PHOTO/Courtesy Patrick ole Ntutu taking oath of office as the second Governor of Narok County on Thursday, August 25, 2022, and effectively taking over from immediate former Governor Samuel Tunai. PHOTO/George Sayagie Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki signing the inauguration certificate. Hon Lady Justice Cherere Thrispia is overseeing the process. PHOTO/Blaise Gitonga Prof. Hillary Barchok taking oath of office as the third governor of Bomet county in a ceremony held at Bomet Green Stadium. PHOTO/Hillary Mutai Siaya Governor James Orengo takes oath of office at Siaya KMTC grounds. PHOTO/Eric Juma Siaya Governor James Orengo displays his certificate of inauguration after taking oath of office at Siaya KMTC grounds. PHOTO/Eric Juma