Nkurunziza ‘declares’ Uhuru winner, congratulates him

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President Uhuru Kenyatta [right] with his Burundian counterpart Pierre Nkurunziza and his First Lady Denise Bucumi and their three children

Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza, did not have much time to waste on waiting for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to declare winner of the Tuesday election.

Nkurunziza, described by observers as East Africa’s fast rising dictator, sent his congratulatory message to Kenyatta on Thursday yet the announcement of the winner is today, Friday.

The message was posted on Twitter by Burundi President Pierre Nkurunzinza who congratulated President Kenyatta for his “re-election”.

The 54-year-old Head of State added that President Kenyatta’s “re-election” is crucial in strengthening relations between Kenya and Burundi.

“On behalf of all Burundians, I congratulate President elect @UKenyatta and the people of Kenya. Looking forward to strengthen our relations.”

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On Thursday, IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba indicated the commission had received less than half of the declaration form 34B from the constituency level, and needed another 24 hours to complete the verification process of the results that had earlier been sent by text.

Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga has disputed the process, claiming it was rigged and that he actually won the poll with 8 million votes while Kenyatta trailed with 7 million votes.

Kenyatta is a long term friend of Nkurunzinza who won himself a controversial third term in office in 2012.

He also survived a coup attempt by senior military chiefs at the time and launched a crackdown on opponents that has seen thousands of Burundians flee their country.

Its not a new occurrence since Kenyatta too congratulated Rwandan President Paul Kagame who declared himself winner without waiting for a pronouncement by the electoral commission.

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