Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta has been reelected to the highest political office in the land.
Kenya’s Electoral Commission boss Wafula Chebukati said Uhuru had garnered 54.27 percent of the total vote count; defeating his arch rival Raila Odinga who went home with 44.7 percent of the votes.
“I wish to declare Uhuru Kenyatta as President-elect and William Ruto as Deputy President-elect,” said Chebukati.
In his victory speech, Uhuru praised his supporters for voting him again to the office of president.
He said he was “dedicated the more to serving our people.”
Uhuru further praised the electoral body for conducting the exercise successfully.
Observers say the election was the most competitive in recent years.
Uhuru described the election as “free, fair and transparent.”
He called for unity and peace to prevail in the wake of a divisive and tense election.
“We are not enemies. We are citizens of this republic,” said Uhuru, adding that in any competition, there will always be “winners and losers.”
Election observers say the exercise was free and fair.
Uhuru extended a hand of friendship to Raila and his supporters, saying he will work with them to build “this nation of ours together.”
Uhuru called for peace and harmony:
“Let us be peaceful and reach out to one another. There is no need for violence. Politicians will come and go.”
He urged Kenyans to shake their neighbours’ hands and always recall that “Kenya is here to stay” and that “politicians will come and go.”
Uhuru’s second term ends in 2022.
Rwanda President Paul Kagame was the first president to publicly congratulate Uhuru upon winning the hugely contested election.
“Congratulations my brother @UKenyatta for a successful election and the trust Kenyans have placed in you!” said Kagame on his official Twitter handle.