Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Kenyatta , Odinga cast ballots in tight presidential race


By The Citizen Reporter @TheCitizenTZ news@tz.nationmedia.com

Nairobi. The two main opponents in Kenya’s Presidential contest the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga casted their votes few minutes before noon on Tuesday.

While President Kenyatta who is seeking a re-election under Jubilee ticket voted at Mutomo Primary School in home constituency of Gatundu, Mr Odinga did so at Kibera Primary School in Lang’ata Constituency, Nairobi.

Kenyatta addressed local and international media after voting and called for peace ahead of the polls. “The election will end but Kenya is here to stay, now that we are aware of that fact we should remain calm and exercise our democratic right diligently.”

He reiterated that he is ready to accept defeat should Kenyans decide to vote in other man in the top office. “But I believe Kenyans will choose Jubilee so that we can finish what we have started together five years ago.”

Mr Kenyatta was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta who earlier voted at St. Mary’s School in Lavington, Nairobi. She braved the chilly morning weather and queued for nearly four hours before voting. She arrived at the polling centre 5.45am and left a few minutes to 10am.

Nasa flag bearer Raila Odinga however couldn’t address the media after voting due to huge number of his supporters who turned out to show their support. He was accompanied by his wife Mrs Aida Odinga.