Uhuru Kenyatta was declared as Kenyan President on Friday night, ending a protracted four-day standoff over the outcome of Tuesday’s Presidential election.
This will be Kenyatta’s second and final five-year term in office as the President.
In his acceptance speech, Kenyatta vowed to unite the country after his main rival, Raila Odinga rejected the vote as a fraud.
The Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati announced that Kenyatta garnered 8.2 million votes or 54 percent of the total votes cast against Odinga’s 6.76 million votes or 44.7 percent of the total votes cast, ending
“I therefore wish to declare honorable Uhuru Kenyatta as the President-Elect and honorable William Ruto as the Deputy President-Elect,” Chebukati said.
During his acceptance speech, Kenyatta pledged to unite the country and implement development projects that would improve the living standards of citizens. He said he wanted to reach out to his main rival, Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) to build Kenya together.
“As with any competition, there shall always be winners and there shall be losers, but we all belong to one great nation, called Kenya. And I extend a hand of friendship, I extend a hand of cooperation, I extend a hand of partnership, knowing fully well that this country needs all of us pulling together in order for us to succeed. And Kenyans want us to succeed,” said Kenyatta, who was flanked by his Deputy William Ruto.
Kenyatta also extended an olive branch to opposition leaders and their supporters, saying he was ready to engage with them in dialogue to solve the challenges facing the country. He also urged Kenyans to move past the electioneering period and commence nation building.
(With inputs from agencies)