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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jirongo, Nyagah concede, thank Kenyans for voting peacefully

Independent presidential candidate Japheth Kavinga concedes defeat at the Bomas of Kenya on Thursday / MONICAH MWANGI
Independent presidential candidate Japheth Kavinga concedes defeat at the Bomas of Kenya on Thursday / MONICAH MWANGI

Presidential candidates Joseph Nyagah and Cyrus Jirongo have conceded defeat and congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta on his reelection.

They bring to five the number of presidential candidates who have conceded defeat.

On Thursday, Thirdway Alliance of Kenya presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot and independent Japheth Kavinga delivered their concession speech at the Bomas of Kenya.

ARK presidential candidate Abdiba Dida conceded on Friday.

Of the eight presidential candidates who participated in Tuesday’s general election, only Michael Wainaina (independent) and NASA’s Raila Odinga are yet to concede defeat.

Nyagah contested the presidency as an independent, Jirongo vied on UDP.

By the time they accepted the results yesterday, Nyagah and Jirongo had garnered 37,790 votes ( 0.25 per cent ) and 11,240 votes ( 0.07 per cent) respectively.

In a joint statement, the two said they threw in the towel because they respect the will of the majority of Kenyans.

“We strongly believe that for our country to develop, peace must prevail,” they said in the statement.

They thanked Kenyans for holding a peaceful election and for coming out in large numbers to vote.

“The Kenyan public have demonstrated their maturity and love for our country,” they said.

The two, however, noted the IEBC faced a lot of challenges after the voting was over, but said the electoral agency should learn from the experience.

The leaders asked Uhuru to ensure the Jubilee administration is inclusive and reflects the face of Kenya. “This is the only way that we shall bring all our people together for effective nation building,” they said.

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