The long wait is over, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president who led the country to independence has won the hotly contested presidential election in Kenya beating his rival, The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) Raila Odinga, who is the country’s Prime Minister. Uhuru is now the fourth President of the East African nation.
According to the finally tally of Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Uhuru of The National Alliance party (TNA) Polled 6,173,433 garnering the required threshold (50.03%) against Raila Odinga’s 5,340,546 of the 291 constituencies in Kenya.
Tension and anxiety has been the hallmark of the electoral process which saw the IEBC cancel the tallying of votes after the system appeared to have crashed forcing the electoral body to resort to manual counting of the vote. Also, allegations of the results being ‘doctored’ were made by Kalonzo Musyoka, Odinga’s running mate.
Turnout was estimated by election officials at more than 70 percent of the 14.3 million eligible voters
Uhuru’s victory means William Ruto, his running mate is the Vice President-elect of Kenya.
Kenyatta’s victory puts the International Criminal Court and the international community in a dilemma considering he is set to go on trial at The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity linked to the violent aftermath of the 2007 election.
WHO IS KENYATTA
Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta (born 26 October 1961) is a Kenyan politician who has served in the government of Kenya as Deputy Prime Minister since 2008. He is the Member of Parliament for Gatundu South Constituency and former Chairman of Kenya African National Union (KANU), which was a part of the Party of National Unity (PNU).
Kenyatta is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president (1964–1978). His name, Uhuru, is Swahili for “freedom”. He attended St Mary’s School in Nairobi. From there he went on to study political science at Amherst College in the United States.
Nominated to Parliament in 2001, he became Minister for Local Government under President Daniel arap Moi and, despite his political inexperience, was favored by President Moi as his successor; Kenyatta ran as KANU’s candidate in the December 2002 presidential election, but lost to opposition candidate Mwai Kibaki by a large margin. He subsequently became Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. He backed Kibaki for re-election in the December 2007 presidential election and was named Minister of Local Government by Kibaki in January 2008, before becoming Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade in April 2008 as part of a coalition government.
Subsequently Kenyatta was Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2012, while remaining Deputy Prime Minister. Accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of committing crimes against humanity in relation to the violent aftermath of the 2007 election, he resigned as Minister of Finance on 26 January 2012.