Uhuru Kenyatta Re-elected For a Second Term

Uhuru Kenyatta Re-elected For a Second Term
Uhuru Kenyatta Re-elected For a Second Term

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President Uhuru Kenyatta secures a second term in office defeating veteran opposition leader and longtime rival Raila Odinga in a tense contest.The incumbent president had received enough votes to secure a second five-year term.

 

According to official figures released by the country’s electoral commission on Friday, Kenyatta secured 54.27 percent of the ballot cast whereas his opponent was defeated with 44.74 percent.
  President Kenyatta, in a nationally broadcasted speech, said he and his opponent were not enemies.

“We are all citizens of one republic,” he said. “As with any competition, there shall always be winners and there shall be losers. But we all belong to one great nation called Kenya,” he stated.

 

Uhuru Kenyatta seems to have an overwhelming vision for his sovereign nation Kenya. This clearly depicted when said he wanted to work with the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA).

“I extend a hand of partnership knowing fully well that this country needs all of us pulling together in order for us to succeed,” he said.

According to Reuters, many Kenyans feared a repeat of the violence that followed the 2007 disputed election, when about 1,200 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced as protests over the result led to ethnic killings.
Though the was some violence and some people ended up being killed, it wasn’t as grievous as the former.

Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi, reporting from an opposition stronghold of Nairobi, said opposition supporters had taken to the streets as soon as the results were announced.

 

“They were shouting, and we could see things were set on fire,” she said. These angry and dissatisfied protesters said their victory had been stolen, she confirmed.

 

The President told his countrymen there was no need for violence.The nation’s top elections official, Wafula Chebukati, said the vote was carried out in a “free, fair and credible manner.”