Kenyan president Kenyatta wins re-election

Kenya’s incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has won 98 per cent of the vote in a repeated election in which an opposition boycott helped lower turnout to 39 per cent.

The announcement touched off small protests in a few opposition strongholds but also celebrations in pro-Kenyatta areas. Veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga said the October 26 election was a farce. Civil society groups also cited problems with the vote.

The violence has for the most part seen protesters clash with police but some Kenyans fear it is starting to take on ethnic overtones after two deaths in clashes between rival groups at the weekend. At least 66 people have died in overall election violence.

On Monday, the US ambassador said Washington was “profoundly concerned” by the outbreaks of violence since the re-run. Kenya is east Africa’s richest economy and a key security ally of the West against militant Islam. It also a key regional trade, logistics and trade hub.

In his victory speech, Kenyatta repeated his belief that his victory in the original August 8 election was legitimate and said dialogue would have to wait if the opposition was going to lodge court cases again. The Supreme Court nullified the August 8 vote on procedural grounds.

Kenyatta took 98 per cent of the vote, results from 266 out of 291 constituencies showed. The electoral commission said 7,616,217 valid votes were cast, representing 39 per cent of the 19.6 million registered voters.

Protests by Odinga’s supporters prevented polling stations from opening in 25 constituencies.

The election commission said poor security prevented voting in those areas but the final announcement could go ahead as it would not “materially affect” the result.

Odinga pulled out of last week’s vote, saying the electoral commission had failed to institute reforms to forestall the kind of “illegalities and irregularities” that scuppered Kenyatta’s victory in the August election.


“President Uhuru Kenyatta has won 98 per cent of the vote”!

its like an election in kazakhstan..

“The electoral commission said 7,616,217 valid votes were cast, representing 39 per cent of the 19.6 million registered voters.”

39% isnt a lot at all..


~ by seeker401 on November 1, 2017.

6 Responses to “Kenyan president Kenyatta wins re-election”

  1. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.


    “Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga took a symbolic presidential oath of office on the Bible in front of thousands of ecstatic supporters on Tuesday in a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rule.”

    • unrest?

      • Yeah, I wonder the same. Kenya is such a stable country. First there were some violent protests, though small, and now, Odinga simply will not concede, but he is being a pretender to the crown, so to speak. I do wonder if it will lead to further unrest.


    Odinga is calling the inaugurated sitting president, Kenyatta, a rogue dictator, because Kenyatta will not allow Odinga’s fraudulent swear-in to be televised and also because Kenyatta is caling Odinga’s pretend-to-the-crown treason.

    Odinga is calling it a new day in Kenya. He is really turning their political nation upside down. The financial sectors are reported to be operating on skeleton staffs in case “things get messy”.

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