Kenyatta declared president, Raila storms out

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It is claimed he is the humblest president Kenya will ever have

Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner of the Tuesday election by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission [IEBC].

Opposition Nasa alliance leader, Raila Odinga, walked away from Bomas where the final tallying was being made, saying he would not be party to the announcement of unclear results.

The former Prime Minister promised to concede defeat only after he has been allowed access in election servers which he says were hacked.

Nasa chief agent Musalia Mudavadi says IEBC has not addressed issues they raised concerning presidential results hence boycotting results declaration.

He had earlier asked that IEBC announces Raila as President-elect and Kalonzo Musyoka as his deputy president claiming the Nasa leader won with 8 million votes against Uhuru’s 7 million votes.

Raila Amolo Odinga, also popularly known to his supporters as Agwambo, Tinga, Baba, RAO, and Jakom was Prime Minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013.

Musyoka was the 10th Vice President of the Republic of Kenya (2008 – 2013), Wiper Democratic Movement- Kenya Party Leader and NASA Coalition Co-Principal.

Earlier in the day, Presidential candidates Cyrus Jirongo and Joe Nyaga conceded defeat in statement, ask incoming government to reflect the face of Kenya.

Uhuru announced

IEBC Chairman, Wafula Chebukati, on Friday evening said 15,073,662 Kenyans voted representing 78.91% turnout in 2017 general elections.

Kenyatta, 52, was declared President elect after attaining 8,203,290 (54.27%) votes from the 47 counties of Kenya.

Nasa leader Raila Odinga polled 6,762,224 votes from the 47 counties (44.74%).

“I would like to thank my worthy competitor Raila Odinga and extend a hand of friendship. We are citizens of one country,” Kenyatta said in his victory speech.

Calling for peace and calm, Kenyatta reminded Kenyans that elections come and go but Kenya will stay.

“Reach out to your neighbour, shake their hand and tell them elections are now over, politicians come and go, but we are still good neighbours,” he said.

Factfile:

Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta (born 26 October 1961) is the 4th and current President of Kenya, in office since 2013.

He is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president, and his fourth wife Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

Uhuru is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s founding father and first president (in office 1964–1978). His family hails from the Kikuyu, a Bantu ethnic group.

His given name “Uhuru” is from the Swahili term for “freedom”, and was given to him in anticipation of Kenya’s upcoming independence. Uhuru attended St Mary’s School in Nairobi.

Between 1979 and 1980, he also briefly worked as a teller at the Kenya Commercial Bank.

After St. Mary’s school, Uhuru went on to study economics, political science and government at Amherst College in the United States.

Upon his graduation, Uhuru returned to Kenya, and started a company Wilham Kenya Limited, through which he sourced and exported agricultural produce.

Nominated to Parliament in 2001, he became Minister for Local Government under President Daniel Arap Moi and, despite his political inexperience, was favoured by Moi as his successor; Kenyatta ran as KANU’s candidate in the December 2002 presidential election, but lost to the opposition candidate Mwai Kibaki by a big margin.

He subsequently became Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. He backed Kibaki for re-election in the December 2007 presidential election and was named Minister of Local Government by Kibaki in January 2008, before becoming Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade in April 2008 as part of a coalition government.

Subsequently, Kenyatta was Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2012, while remaining Deputy Prime Minister.

Accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of committing crimes against humanity in relation to the violent aftermath of the 2007 election, he resigned as Minister of Finance on 26 January 2012.

He was elected as President of Kenya in the March 2013 presidential election, defeating Raila Odinga with a slim majority in a single round of voting.

He has been re-elected in the 2017 elections.

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