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Leaders congratulate Uhuru as IEBC gazettes re-election

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto hold their certificates after IEBC announced them winner of the presidential election, August 11, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto hold their certificates after IEBC announced them winner of the presidential election, August 11, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI

IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati has gazetted the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP WIlliam Ruto.

The two were declared winners in the 2017 presidential election on Friday at Bomas.

"In respect with the constitution Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto have been duly elected as president and deputy of republic of Kenya," Chebukati said in the notice on Saturday.

Uhuru received 8,203,290 votes, while rival Raila Odinga got 6,762,224. Uhuru, who was earlier at KICC, received his certificate while thanking the commission chair.

The crowd erupted, singing 'Twasema asante', shortly after which Uhuru was invited to address the gathering.

More on this: Uhuru it is! IEBC declares 'tano tena' for Kenya's president

CONGRATULATIONS IN ORDER

Presidents John Magufuli of Tanzania, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda have congratulated Uhuru on his re-election.

"Congratulations my brother @UKenyatta for a successful election and the trust Kenyans have placed in you!" Kagame tweeted.

Kagame said he will continue working with Uhuru to better the people of Africa.

"@UKenyatta Pamoja tuzidi kujenga umoja na maendeleo ya mataifa na jumuiya yetu," he said.

In a statement on Saturday, Museveni said Uhuru's reelection is clear testimony of the trust he has earned from the people of Kenya.

"As you embark on your new term of office, I am confident that you will continue with these efforts and the task of promoting the unity and development of you people," he said.

He said he is looking forward to working with Uhuru.

Magufuli said "Nakupongeza Ndg. Uhuru Kenyatta kwa kuchaguliwa kuwa Rais wa Kenya kwa kipindi kingine. Nakutakia mafanikio mema."

PROTESTS

One person was shot dead in Siaya town as residents protested against President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election on Friday night.

Residents poured into the streets as soon as IEBC declared Uhuru the winner for the presidential race.

They chanted anti-Uhuru slogans and engaged in running battles for most of the night until early Saturday.

Several vehicles and a petrol station were also torched on Saturday morning.

More on this: Amnesty warns police after deadly post-election protests

Read: 'Uhuru must go': Deadly protests in Siaya, stone-throwing in Kisumu after Raila defeat

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