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.
“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.
“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.
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.