Nasibo Kabale and Eric Juma @PeopleDailyKe
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday joined world leaders in congratulating US President-elect Donald Trump. In his congratulatory message, Uhuru, who also commented Democrat Hillary Clinton for her “valiant efforts”, said Kenya would maintain close ties with the US. “The ties that bind Kenya and the US are close and strong.
They are old, and based in the values that we hold dear: In democracy, in the rule of law and in the equality of peoples. These values remain dear to the peoples of both nations, and so our friendship will endure,” he said. Deputy President William wrote on his Facebook account: “Congratulations President-elect Trump for overcoming all the negative media profiling to decisively win the US election.
The people spoke.” Opposition leader Raila Odinga also chimed in, saying he hopes Trump will continue to support democracy and promotion of good governance and human rights around the world.
“The people of the US have spoken. We congratulate President-elect Donald Trump on his hard-won and resounding victory for the presidency. We wish him success in the most immediate challenge of bringing America back together and rallying the world behind his victory,” he said.
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi also congratulated Trump and called for enhanced cordial relations between Kenya and the US. “Trump won from nowhere. But from the word go, media pundits across the world gave him no chance of electability even as he zoomed through the Republican party primaries.
Opinion polls equally gave Trump no chance. This is not new; the myth of opinion polling has been exploded before again and again.” Cotu-Kenya secretary general Francis Atwoli said: “It is Cotu’s hope and trust that your (Trump) presidency will work closely and support the American workers as well as the rest of the working people aross the globe.”
Meanwhile, shock and disappointment has greeted residents of Nyangoma K’Ogello following the defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton by Republican’s Trump. Residents, whose expectations were high in the morning, opted to continue with their daily business after it was apparent Trump was winning.
Most residents expressed fears that with the defeat of their favourite candidate the rapid development they achieved in the past eight years of Barrack Obama presidency will come to an abrupt end.
The boda boda operators who participated in the mock elections on Wednesday, yesterday stormed out of the video show hall at Nyangoma centre where they were following results from US. However, the Obama family could not be reached for comment. Spokesperson Nicholas Rajula’s phone was off air for better part of the day.