Rwandan’s will by far remember Paul Kagame’s Friday inauguration as the most organised, glamorous and highly attended event of its kind. A total of 21 presidents arrived one after the other and were guided up to take their seats in the executive wing. There were no protocol incidences. Subject to protocol, the Chief Justice Prof. Sam Rugege took to the podium – Reading from a file, he recited a law vesting powers in his office and proceeded to preside over the President-elect oath of allegiance. Flanked by the First Lady Jeannette Kagame standing on his right side, Kagame raised his right hand while the left hand held onto the National Flag as he read the oath of allegiance. After taking oath, President Kagame appended his signature and was handed instruments of power and later a national anthem was sang before proceeding to inspect a guard of honour – as president of the Republic of Rwanda and Commander in Chief of the of Rwanda Defence Force.
Camera & Editing: Richard Kwizera