On Tuesday, Kenyians goes to the polls to choose a new parliament also a new preisdent. The dispute between president Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition candidate Raila Odinga has raised more concerns over that.
Uhuru calls for peace on Tuesday vote
“After you cast your ballot, please go home,” Kenyatta said on Monday.
“Go back to your neighbour. Regardless of where he or she comes from, their tribe, their colour or their religion. Shake their hand, share a meal and tell them ‘let us wait for the results,’ for Kenya will be here long after this general election.”
Otherwise, Odinga has praised Kenyatta by his campaing. But he raised concerns of rigging vote and claimed the deployment of at least 150,000 members of the security forces was a ploy to intimidate voters.
However, he congratulated Kenyatta on his campaign, describing him as a “worthy opponent”.
“May the stronger candidate win tomorrow,” he said.
Conclusion: Vote in Peace, Kenyians.
Kenyan MPs has called for emergency meeting to debate withdraw of the country from International Criminal Court (ICC). The motion was approved by Kenyan Parliament. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto face charges of crimes against humanity. Ruto faces a trial on next week in Hague (ICC headquarters). Opposition MPs has boycotted the motion. Its a Kenyan way to protect their leaders from punishment.
Kenyan MPs approves the increases of their payments. The monthly salary raises to $10.000. The average annual salary in Kenya is $1.700. It’s a defiance of cuts policy impose by the president Uhuru Kenyatta. He asked the MPs to accept the pay cuts in order to free up funds for the creation of jobs. Kenyan parliament has 416 MPs – 349 in the National Assembly and 67 in the Senate. It’s a Kenyan way of defiance the president.
Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in as Kenyan president in official ceremony today. His rival in presidential election, Raila Odinga don’t appear in ceremony after Justice ruled infavour of Kenyatta. Many Africans leaders attends the ceremony such as South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma, Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni. Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto faces charges of crimes against humanity in ICC. In inaugural address, Kenyatta said he would govern for all Kenyans. “We will leave no community behind… Where there’s disillusionment, we’ll restore hope,” he said. In reference of ICC case against him, he said “I assure you again that under my leadership, Kenya will strive to uphold our international obligations, so long as these are founded on the well-established principles of mutual respect and reciprocity.” Will be ICC believes in Kenyatta?
Kenya has problems to counting millions of the votes. The introduction of hi-tech system to counting the votes has failed. Further 10.6 million votes are counting by ancient system, old manual system. After 254 of 291 constituencies declared the winner. Front-runner Deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta has 50% of the votes while his rival, prime-minister Raila Odinga with 43.3%. It’s no avoided the second round on next April. Really, Kenyans don’t trust in new system.
After 40% of the votes are counting in Kenya. Deputy PM, Uhuru Kenyatta leads th counting with 54% of the votes followed by prime-minister Raila Odinga, which has 41% of the votes according electoral commission. The head of electoral commission emphasised these were provisional figures and urged Kenyans to wait patiently for the final outcome. Will Kenyans to be patience for awaiting the results?
Kenya held a presidential elections. The polls are close in 17:00 (14:00 GMT) in local time despite long queues in polling stations. The turnout is 70% of the voters. According preliminary results, deputy PM, Uhuru Kenyatta leading it followed by prime-minister Raila Odinga. Another six candidates are running too. Odinga said he would accept defeat – but added that he was confident of victory in the first round. Kenyatta, also sounded a conciliatory vote, saying the president would represent the whole country and that any disputes should be taken to court. He’s due face a trial in ICC on next month for connection with the widespread bloodshed that followed the disputed 2007 election- he denies the allegations. This is a democracy in African country.