Kenya’s Prince Charming and former playboy turned president, Uhuru Kenyatta, is leading in the Tuesday poll with former Prime Minister and Nasa alliance candidate, Raila Odinga, trailing at a respectable distance.
According to the provisional results so far released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission [IEBC], Kenyatta of Jubilee party has gathered 21925 votes (63.24%) while Nasa’s Raila has 12238 votes (35.3%).
Independent candidate, Japheth Kavinga Kaluyu, is in a league of his own with a miserable 327 votes (0.94%).
According to results from the Kenya High Commission in Uganda, Kenyatta has 408 votes while Raila picked 323 votes [a difference of 85 votes].
Kenyan High Commissioner, Geoffrey Okwanga, and Kenyan nationals witness counting of votes at the Kenyan High Commission in Kololo in the Ugandan capital Kampala.
Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s founding president and a man who epitomises the country’s elite, is poised to win a second and final five-year term.
The 55-year-old US-educated multi-millionaire, whose family owns an array of businesses, properties and tracts of land, followed in his father’s footsteps when he defeated his rival Raila Odinga in 2013.
Kenyatta won that poll despite being indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) along with his running mate, William Ruto, for alleged roles in orchestrating violence that left over 1,100 dead after the previous election in 2007.
Foreign powers, including Britain and the US, warned at the time that Kenya, under an ICC-indicted president, would be a pariah, but the threats proved empty.
In 2014 the ICC dropped charges against Kenyatta — and Ruto later — citing the disappearance of witnesses and lack of evidence.
Since then Kenya has welcomed President Barack Obama, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Pope Francis and hosted a string of international gatherings and conferences.