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Saturday, August 19, 2017

[PHOTOS] Central lights up after Uhuru re-election

A resident celebrates in Ol Kalou town shortly after President Uhuru Kenyatta was named winner of the 2017 general election, August 11, 2017. /NDICHU WAINAINA
A resident celebrates in Ol Kalou town shortly after President Uhuru Kenyatta was named winner of the 2017 general election, August 11, 2017. /NDICHU WAINAINA

Nyandarua residents braved cold and heavy downpour in some areas to celebrate all night long after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the just concluded general elections Friday night.

Bars and hotels made a kill as residents spent to celebrate “our deserved victory”.

“Things are so good. I saved for this very moment and waited with bated breath,” resident John Muigai said.

The residents congratulated IEBC for free, fair and transparent elections, and expressed optimism that Uhuru's re-election will enable the country to progress.

/NDICHU WAINAINA

“We prayed to God so hard that his will be done. Now we are very happy and thankful. We tell the president that we are very happy and we are going to back him," Wanjiku Mwangi said.

Bishop Francis Karara of the Holy Temple of the Lord Christ, Ol kalou, on Saturday morning said Uhuru's reelection was the best for Kenya.

Karara asked NASA leaders to accept the outcome, and urge their supporters not to engage in violent activities.

/NDICHU WAINAINA

“Even the international observers give a positive verdict. They (NASA) should go to Court if they are not satisfied. Calling on the people to go to the streets won’t be helpful”, he said

More on this: Uhuru named winner, reaches out to Raila

INJURIES AT FETE

A young man in Limuru was however injured during celebrations after falling off a lorry that was ferrying a crowd.

The man was trying to alight from the speeding lorry but slid on its carrier and fell at Ngarariga area on the busy Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

/NDICHU WAINAINA

Two other men were injured after two motorcycles collided at Nyambare area.

However, these incidents did not stop celebrations as residents started kneeling on the highway to hold prayers.

They prayed for Jubilee and NASA leaders alike, and asked the government not to forget its pledges to them.

The residents urged the Jubilee government not to forget the Uplands Githunguri Ruiru road and to re-tarmack it owing to its pathetic state.

/NDICHU WAINAINA

They also urged the government to re-tarmac Moi Road, which starts at Kimende passes at Kagwe town and ends in Githunguri, claiming it has never been repaired since it was constructed in 1984.

"The two roads are important for the economy of Lari region. They can be of good help to residents as well as boosting the economy” Michael Mburu," a resident said.

FULFIL CAMPAIGN PLEDGES

Samburu woman rep-elect Maison Leshoomo congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election and asked him to fulfil campaign promises.

She also expressed optimism that he will keep his word since "he has not been a liar".

Residents of Nyambare celebrate Uhuru's re-election, August 11, 2017. /GEORGE MUGO

"I would like to ask that all promises he made to all Kenyans including Samburu residents should be fulfilled within the next five years," she said on Friday.

She said the president, during his campaign tour in Samburu he commissioned tarmacking of Maralal-Muwarak road.

She added that as Samburu leaders they had proposed construction of bridges and they hope the President will consider their proposal.

Leshoomo asked Opposition leaders including Raila Odinga who lost in the election to embrace Uhuru's advice.

/GEORGE MUGO

"I ask the opposition to unite with our President so that we can remain peaceful and improve well being of our country," she appealed.

She urged residents in Samburu and in all areas across the country to embrace and maintain peace they had during elections.

Read: NASA technical team waits for Political leaders’ direction

/GEORGE MUGO

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