See the chaotic scenes as Kenya elects new president
From a Kenyan news report in 2011:
KAMPALA: As the dust settles after Kenya’s second-round election, two images are a reminder of who the country voted for: the new president.
When the results were declared on Wednesday evening, Uhuru Kenyatta, a Kikuyu from coastal Kenya, was declared the winner with 55.8 per cent of votes, trailing his nearest challenger Raila Odinga by about 5,000 votes, which is the difference between 2.5 per cent and 5 per cent of the votes cast.
At a campaign rally after the vote, he said: “I have come to the conclusion that it is time to step up to the plate, to take on the challenges that the nation is facing at this point in time.”
Uhuru Kenyatta had the support of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta
When he became first lady in 2003, Uhuru Kenyatta’s father, Jomo Kenyatta, was given the African Nobel Peace Prize.
The new president was sworn in as Kenya’s leader at a ceremony in the capital Nairobi, which saw hundreds of people including members of the European Union, United Nations and African Union to witness the ceremonial event.
In a speech Kenyatta praised the people of Kenya and the country’s achievements, but also said the vote was not about him or his personal victory.
“It is not about me winning today, it is about the people of Kenya choosing together to move forward,” he said.
“From this day forward, I promise you that I will fulfil the rights and duties of office for the benefit of this nation.”
Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s president Jomo Kenyatta, was sworn in for his second term as president by Kenya’s first lady Margaret Kibaki
Kenyatta’s first day in office was, however, marked by controversy.
On his first day in office, he