Kenyatta wins Kenya Presidency

Kenya’s deputy prime minister, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, has won Kenya’s presidential election by a tiny margin with 50.03 per cent and a turnout of 86 per cent voters. The provisional results showed the avoidance of a run-off after a race that has divided the nation along tribal lines.

Mr Kenyatta won 6,173,433 votes out of a total of 12,330,028. His main rival, PM Raila Odinga, alleged voting irregularities and is expected to file a challenge. Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s founding president, is facing trial after the disputed 2007 presidential vote that unleashed a wave of tribal blood-letting. If he is declared winner by the election commission, which has still to announce the official result, Kenya will become the second African country after Sudan to have a sitting president indicted by the International Criminal Court. Meanwhile,
President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta on his victory in the presidential election. In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, President Jonathan urged Mr. Kenyatta as he prepares to assume office later this month as the first Kenyan President to come into office under the country’s new constitution which was adopted after the crisis that followed its 2007 elections, to rededicate himself to carrying forward the process of national healing and reconciliation.
The President called on the Kenyan President-Elect to do his utmost best to foster greater peace, unity and progress in the country by forming a truly national administration that will meet the yearnings and aspirations of all Kenyans, including his opponents and their supporters. President Jonathan applauded the call by Mr. Kenyatta’s closest rival for the Presidency, Prime Minister Raila Odinga for his supporters to remain calm and eschew violent protests, while he takes his complaints about the election results to the Kenyan Supreme Court.
The president also welcomed Mr. Odinga’s expression of confidence in the court and his pledge to adhere to the rule of law and accept the court’s verdict on the elections in good faith. He commended the ordinary people of Kenya who showed their undying faith in democratic governance by turning out in their millions to set a new voter turn-out record of 86 per cent in Monday’s elections. He assured them of the best wishes of the Government and people of Nigeria.


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