Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has been voted back in office after he was declared winner of the Tuesday general elections.
Kenyatta garnered 8,203,290 votes, registering 54.27 percent of the total votes cast according to results announced by the by Kenya electoral body, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga who had declared earlier declared himself winner and disputed the provisional results garnered 6,762,224 votes (44.7 percent) of the total votes according to IEBC.
Kenyatta who has been president since 2013, was declared winner yesterday evening by the Wafula Chebukati, chairperson of IEBC.
The NASA camp had claimed that the IEBC agency system had been hacked into and the results tampered with but the electoral body said the hacking attempt was unsuccessful.
After being declared winner, Kenyatta called for calm saying "We pledge to finish the work we started. We will rededicate ourselves more to serve this great nation...Fellow Kenyans, elections come and go but Kenya is here to stay. Let us always remember that we are all brothers and sisters...To our worthy competitors we are friends and not enemies. I extend a hand of friendship and partnership to you and your supporters"
Adding: "Let us be peaceful ...We have seen the results of political violence. And I am certain that there is no single Kenyan who would wish for us to go back to this".
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As some jubilated over Kenyatta's victory especially in his strongholds, protests broke out in Odinga's strongholds in various parts of the country including Kisumu, Rongo, Migori, Kibera, Kawangware, Obunga, Homa, Kondele among others.