President Uhuru Kenyatta has received strong castigation for his post on Saturday night where he congratulated his fellow president Yoweri Museveni whose victory has sparked controversies.
The president was criticized for his remarks by Kenyans who think he shouldn’t have written anything in support of the controversial victory.
Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza also was slammed for congratulating the Ugandan president.
The man, whose own third term caused violence last year said president Museveni deserves to be re-elected and sends his “warmest congratulations.”
This is the first time President Kenyatta acknowledged other country’s election results with this type of urgency. Even though other East African’s leaders avoid getting involved in Ugandan politics, president Uhuru took to his Facebook to send out the congratulatory message.
The President’s Facebook post on Saturday evening reads:
I am very pleased to congratulate His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni on his re-election as President of the Republic of Uganda. The people of Uganda have spoken, and they have spoken very clearly.
We respect their choice of President Museveni.
Kenya values its close friendship with Uganda. That friendship is founded on a common history, a common culture, and common interests. We look forward to continuing the work that both our nations have already done, together and in concert with the EA Community, the AU and IGAD.
He and Uganda can count on my support, and my friendship, as well as that of their brothers and sisters in Kenya.
He wrote this hours after the Ugandan Electoral Commission declared Museveni the president of Uganda.
President Museveni emerged the winner after he accrued 5,617,503 votes, representing 60.75 per cent of 9,246, 563 valid votes cast.
Kizza Besigye, his major opposition who has contested for presidency for times through the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), gathered 3,270,290 votes, representing 35.37 per cent of the valid votes cast.
This was after the election featured a fierce campaign, a jumbled election and arrest of Opposition candidate and supporters and dispersal of teargas.
Several people have criticized the election’s result including the main opposition, some Kenyans, politicians and even EU observers.