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November 21, 2018

IEBC has confirmed my victory but I'll accept court challenge - Uhuru

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati hands President Uhuru Kenyatta his certificate following the announcement of the winner of the repeat election, October 30, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati hands President Uhuru Kenyatta his certificate following the announcement of the winner of the repeat election, October 30, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI

President Uhuru Kenyatta has thanked God and the people of Kenya for vindicating him as the validly elected president in the August 8 general election.

Uhuru noted his gratitude after IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati officially declared he and Deputy President William Ruto will rule for another five years.

There was clapping as Chebukati spoke and before and after Uhuru's acceptance speech, people sang songs including 'tano tena' (five more) and the 'happy birthday' tune.

The repeat election took place on the Jubilee Party leader's 56th birthday.

More on this: Uhuru re-elected with 98%, IEBC says after troubled election

Also read: IEBC can't please everyone, election was proper - 'punching bag' Chebukati

President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto display their certificates following IEBC's declaration of their second five-year term, October 30, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI

The Jubilee Party boss said he chose to abide by the law despite winning the August election to let peace prevail.

"The Opposition petition that led to my nullification was not based on my election but on the process, and since the law is supreme, I submitted myself to the people leading to the October 26 election," he noted. "I defeated violence, intimidation and witchcraft."

Uhuru said the re-run was not easy as rules of engagement changed and then came Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which he is yet to sign.

"I listened to all voices regarding rules of engagement in the run up to the elections and decided not to sign the document because the law should be reasoned based on principles," he stated.

"Any other country that would have experienced what we went through would have burst asunder but we stayed strong since you cannot choose the opportunity to exercise a right and thereafter abscond from the consequences of that choice."

Uhuru was to face NASA chief Raila Odinga but he withdrew citing lack of electoral reforms and claimed the outcome had already been determined.

Raila asked his supporters to boycott the vote, and they did so, primarily in Homa Bay, Kisumu, Migori and Siaya counties.

In his address, Uhuru acknowledged the right to vote or not.

"I WILL SUBMIT TO CONSTITUTION"

The president-elect said his government will focus on rebuilding and uniting the country to ensure growth and development and respect for human life.

He added he will be ready for a challenge to his election through the courts to ensure the lives of Kenyans are protected.

Many people have died since August 8 and in a statement earlier today, Amnesty International regretted punitive policing, noted police should not firearms on protesters and asked the Independent Policing Oversight Authority to look into allegations against police.

More on this: Amnesty decries 'blatant punitive policing' after 102 killed in election demos

Jubilee Party supporters celebrate after IEBC declared President Uhuru Kenyatta winner of the repeat election, October 30, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI

Uhuru stated he will engage with other leaders who lost in the polls only after all avenues are exhausted.

"There is still another process. We shall wait for that process and its outcome and I will submit to this constitutional path no matter the outcome."

He called on other leaders to ensure peace despite deep political divides after the polls especially with schools heading into an examination period.

"The future of our children should not be disrupted because of our political concerns. My commitment is to ensure that the exams continue as scheduled," he said. 

WHAT NEXT FOR RAILA?

The president-elect garnered 7,483,895 (98.26 per cent) of the 7,616,217 cast in the election while NASA leader Raila Odinga, who withdrew, was second with 73,228 votes.

Lawyer Ekuru Aukot (Thirdway Alliance) got 21,333, former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo 14,107, Kavinga Kaluyu 8,261, Michael Wainaina 6,000 and Joe Nyaga 5,554.

In the August poll, Uhuru got 8,203,290 votes (54.27 per cent) against Raila's 6,762,224 votes (44.74 per cent).

The president-elect met the 50+1 national requirement and the one for 25 per cent support in each of at 24 of the 47 counties. The August general election had a voter turnout of 79.17 per cent - Uhuru was declared winner with 8,203,290 votes against Raila's 6,762,224.

The turnout for the re-run was 38.84 per cent.

Jubilee Party supporters celebrate after IEBC declared President Uhuru Kenyatta winner of the repeat election, October 30, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI

This was Raila's fifth attempt to get into State House but he had declared he will not retire until Kenya is in a better state.

After Raila disputed the 2007 election that Mwai Kibaki won, violence erupted leaving at least 1,300 dead and more than 600,000 internally displaced. The two formed a coalition government following intervention by Kofi Annan.

The Opposition leader also vied in the 2013 general election but lost to Uhuru and alleged rigging.

He claimed Jubilee rigged with help from the IEBC, allegations which have been refuted, and turned to the Supreme Court but then resorted to mass action. He has now turned the National Super Alliance into a national resistance movement.

Raila is expected to make an announcement on Tuesday.

Read: I'll retire after Kenyans get to promised land, Raila tells UhuRuto

Also read: Raila transforms NASA into resistance movement, plans goods boycott

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