British Government has Congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta for his re-election


UK prime Minister Theresa May and President Uhuru Kenyatta. (GettyImages)
The United Kingdom (UK) on Saturday congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta on his reelection after the August 8 General Election.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson commended Kenyans for turning out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right and for maintaining peace throughout the voting process.
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“Tuesday was a historic day for Kenya, with millions of Kenyans turning out to vote in the General Election. The United Kingdom warmly congratulates President Kenyatta on his re-election. “We commend the people of Kenya for their commitment to democracy and salute those who worked tirelessly and courageously towards holding credible elections, often in difficult circumstances,” he stated.

Mr Johnson assured Kenyans that the UK government would continue working closely with Kenya and continue with the longstanding friendship. “We look forward to building on our strong relationship, working together to advance our shared prosperity and security and to support Kenya’s development, for the benefit of all,” Johnson stated.
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The diplomat noted that it was important for Kenyans to maintain peace and national unity adding that the country could not develop minus these two key components. “In the spirit of President Kenyatta’s words on Friday now is the time for Kenyans to work together in peace to build their nation and forge their shared future," he stated.

Mr Johnson, however, expressed sympathy over deaths related to post election demonstrations in some parts of the country underscoring that no one should die because of elections., “We join the Kenyan people in mourning those who have died, calling on those with influence to exercise restraint at this difficult time to ensure calm, and to honor the Kenyans who turned out in such number to vote to determine their future,” he submitted.

Other leaders who have congratulated President Kenyatta include; Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), John Magufuli (Tanzania), Paul Kagame (Rwanda) among others.
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