Uhuru Kenyatta declared Kenya’s president-elect

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Uhuru Kenyatta declared Kenya’s president-elect
Uhuru Kenyatta declared Kenya’s president-elect

Uhuru Kenyatta has won the 2017 presidential election.

The President got 8,203,290 votes, while rival Raila Odinga got 6,762,224, IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati said on Friday.

“I wish to declare Uhuru president-elect and William Ruto deputy president-elect,” he said amid cheers.

Uhuru, who was earlier at KICC, received his certificate while thanking the commission chair.

The crowd erupted, singing ‘Twasema asante’, shortly after which Uhuru was invited to address the gathering.

NASA boycotted the announcement earlier on Friday saying their concerns have not been addressed.

After days of ghost towns, tedious vote counting and varied opinions by NASA and Jubilee, Uhuru has been granted another five years as Kenya’s ruler.

Kenyans waited anxiously as tallying was done, supporters of Opposition leader Raila Odinga clearly showing they wanted him to win on his fourth try.

They held protests and celebrations as the National Super Alliance addressed several press conferences.

Despite NASA’s boycott, the announcement was attended by various dignitaries, including US Ambassador Robert Godec, JP secretary general Raphael Tuju and Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs) and Najib Balala (Tourism).

Uhuru will receive his certificate from the commission and there will not be much protocol as his security is already in place.

It is expected that the Opposition will issue a statement on their way forward as Raila and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) have not accepted defeat.

Uhuru had been leading the interim tally but Raila’s NASA party declared him winner.

They even demanded that the electoral agency name Raila president, saying his votes numbered 8.04 million and Uhuru’s 7.7 million.

By 11 am on Friday, the commission’s portal showed Uhuru had 8,170,016 votes (54.26 per cent) and Raila 6,754,173 votes (44.85 per cent).

 

Source: The Star

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