The country is not agreed on the impact or significance of the ceremony. For Jubilee supporters, the swearing-in was simply an affront to a legally elected and God-appointed president. For moderates who are keen to take neither side, the swearing in was simply theatrics, and the absence of the major NASA principals, including Kalonzo Musyoka who was supposed to be Odinga’s deputy, is proof that it was a weak move by a fractured coalition. For NASA supporters, it was a validation they needed after humiliation from an uncredible election and from what they consider an illegitimate Muigai presidency.
But for all the idiosyncrasies in the ceremony, I consider the swearing-in to achieved one major element: a challenge to the Jubilee tactic of using fait accomplis for governance.