At exactly 10:15 pm EAT on August 11th, 2017, incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected as the President of Kenya with over 8 million votes. The long day finally ended with the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, announcing the election results at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi. The Kenyan general elections were held on the 8th of August and it has been a long wait since. Kenyatta captured his second and final term of five years. Celebrations broke out in different parts of Kenya. Uhuru’s second term begins amidst harsh accusations from his opponents, responding that his office is open to every Kenyan including his opponents.
Kenyatta defeated his opponent Raila Odinga with a lead of approximately 54.2% compared to Odinga’s 44.7%. Declared by the IEBC, Uhuru commended the commission for a job well done. In his speech, he was thankful to every participant in the general elections. He thanked Kenyans for voting him in for the next five years. Uhuru thanked his party’s Secretary General Raphael Tuju for his support during the campaigns. He also appreciated the efforts of the national observers in ensuring Kenyans that the election process was handled in a fair and clear manner.
President Kenyatta concluded his speech by saying that he extends a hand of friendship to Mr. Odinga and his supporters. He also congratulated the candidates who won various positions under the National Super Alliance (NASA). Uhuru emphasized that there will always be winners and losers, but in democracy, Kenyans are the winners. He also acknowledged those who did not vote for him, stating that it was their right. Even with different choices, Uhuru insisted that all Kenyans shall be served equally by his government and he will continue to work for the good of the nation.