Update: President of Kenya Keeps His Job?

October 11, 2017
In August, Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya, was declared the winner of the presidential election. However, Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition party, insisted that there were inconsistencies in the ballot counting, and he even suggested that some ballots might have been fake. In early September, the Supreme Court of Kenya agreed with the opposition party and Raila Odinga, declaring the results of the election “invalid, null, and void.” The court found that some members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), or the group that tallies up the results of the election, had not been doing so legally. As a result, the Supreme Court said that a new election should be held within the next sixty days. The election re-run would only include current President Kenyatta and the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, on the ballot. That decision didn’t sit well with other candidates who had run in the initial election. But if you think the drama of this election stops there, it doesn’t. With only a few days until the election re-run, Mr. Odinga announced that he would be withdrawing from the election. Why? Because he believes that the IEBC, current President Kenyatta, and his political party are plotting to cheat him out of another victory. By withdrawing, Mr. Odinga says that the IEBC will have ninety days to fix the problems from the first election. President Kenyatta doesn’t think so and insists that the election re-run should continue as planned.

We’ll keep you updated as the story unfolds.

By Amanda Lucidon / White House (File:Uhuru Kenyatta with Obamas 2014.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

On Friday, August 11th, the people of Kenya re-elected President Uhuru Kenyatta for a second five-year term as their president. Although Kenya’s election committee declared that President Uhuru Kenyatta was in fact the winner, his rival Raila Odinga cried foul and insisted that the election had been hacked. Why? He doesn’t trust that the paper forms of the ballots were turned into the capital in its original form. In other words, Mr. Odinga thinks that the paper ballots might have been changed, or the ones collected could have been fake. Despite these claims, leaders of neighboring countries have offered their congratulations to President Uhuru Kenyatta and the president himself has asked that the country come together so that Kenya can have an even brighter and more successful future.