Governors across the Coast region on Wednesday basked in glory, as they took office in elaborate ceremonies at their respective county headquarters.
It was song and dance literally as jubilant residents joined leaders from all walk in witnessing their governor-elects take their oaths of offices administered by chief magistrates under the watchful eyes of High Court judges.
The governors were Ali Hassan Joho(Mombasa), John Mruttu(Taita Taveta), Hussein Dado(Tana River), Amason KIngi(Kilifi), Issa Timamy(Lamu) and Salim Mgalla Mvurya(Kwale).
In Mombasa, the Agricultural Society of Kenya’s Mkomani showground which was the venue of the swearing-in ceremony was in the grips of a celebration frenzy as the Mr Joho was sworn in.
Mombasa Resident Judge Maureen Odero presided over the oathing that was administered by Mombasa Chief Magistrate Stephen Riechi after prayers by Muslim and Christian religious leaders.
Mr Joho who was accompanied by his wife Madina Hassan Joho arrived at the venue at 11am under tight security in a convoy of cars which also carried members of the county transition team and were then ushered onto the elevated dias on the showground pitch.
Resplendent in a black suit and white shirt and a checked tie Mr Joho was received by elected leaders that included Mombasa senator-elect Hassan Sarai Omar, deputy governor Hazel Katana, Senator nominated Ms Agnes Zani.
and elected National Assembly members from Mombasa county constituencies.
The elected leaders include Awiti Bolo(Nyali), Abdulswamad Sheriff Nassir, Rashid Bedzimba(KIsauni),Omar Mwinyi(Changamwe), Twalib Badi(Jomvu) and Mombasa County Women Representatives Ms Mishi Juma.
Heads of government parastatals in Mombasa, prominent businessmen and women and representatives of foreign missions were also in attendance. Uganda in particular was represented by a high-powered delegation comprised three minsters, university officials.
Security was tight at the showground as security guards backed by armed policemen frisked those arriving for the ceremony both on foot and in vehicles.
When he was invited to approach the small tent where the judicial officers awaited, Mr Joho flanked by his wife walked over amid cheers and ululations from the crowd.
He then uttered the words of the oath in which he undertook to “…..always and truly serve the people of the Republic of Kenya in the office of the Governor of Mombasa County; that I shall diligently discharge my duties and perform my functions in the said office; to the best of my judgement; that I shall do justice to all; So help me God.”
Shouts of ‘Takbir!” “Allahu Akbar!” rent the air as the religious leaders present invoked blessings on him before he sat to sign the certificates and other documents touching on the assumption of office which were then sealed by the judicial officer.
The same procedure was followed in regard to the Deputy governor Hazel Isabell Nyamoki Ogunde before hundreds of balloons were released into the air and a cake cut to mark the occasion.
In her brief comments after swearing in the two leaders, Ms Odero said the role of the Judiciary was to ensure the two leaders took their role in accordance with the Constitution.
“That has been done and the people of Mombasa now have you have your governor. Your work has begun and continue with it and deliver to the people of Mombasa County,” said Justice Odero who was resplendent in her official judicial robes.
In Tana River County Governor Hussein Dado arrived at the Hola County Hall under heavy security that included a lorryload of General Service Unit officials.
He was then sworn in in a ceremony presided over by Mombasa High Court judge Justice Martin Muya.
A large crowd was at hand to witness the occasion and not even the sweltering heat and the hot midday sun could dampen their spirits.
After being sworn in, his deputy, Mr Jire Siyat Mohamed too his oath of office witnessed by guests from Nairobi and other parts of the country.