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Kenyans, Ugandans Hope for Closer Relations with New President

Wanguli Ngogu, a resident of Namuwongo, says that his expectations in the new president are to cooperate with the Ugandan government in harmonizing the immigration departments of both countries.

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Ugandans have joined their Kenyan counterparts to celebrate the victory of Uhuru Kenyatta as the new Kenyan president.

 

A quick survey through Kampala showed that many people were glued to their TV screens as they watched the last of the Kenyan presidential elections. From bars to the Kenyan High Commission offices, everyone was attentive any bit of news released by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

 

The body was mandated by law to oversee the elections and announce the winner which they did today. The IEBC chairperson Isaack Hassan named Uhuru Kenyatta winner of the tightly contested race.

 

Kenyatta garnered 50.03 percent of the total votes cast on Monday beating his main challenger Raila Odinga, the outgoing Prime Minster, who managed 43.38%.

 

James Wanguli Ngogu, a Kenyan dealing in the transport sector in Uganda, expressed happiness that Kenyatta has been elected the president of Kenya.

 

Wanguli Ngogu, a resident of Namuwongo, says that his expectations in the new president are to cooperate with the Ugandan government in harmonizing the immigration departments of both countries.

 

He claims that there is a lot of bureaucracy in the immigration departments of both nations which hinders business.

 

Gwoda Ogot, a Kenyan studying law at Makerere University, says he hopes the new president can address the challenges of unemployment among the youth, implementation of the new constitution, address the land question.

 

Ogot believes that whichever way the elections could have gone, the Kenyans had good candidates with leadership experience.  and both Kenyatta and Odinga coming from comfortable family backgrounds.

 

Charles Njoroge Titus, operating a casino business in the Kampala city centre, prays that Kenyans accept the election results with good grace. 

 

Njoroge, who voted from the Kenyan High Commission in Uganda, freely reveals he that he voted Uhuru Kenyatta because he is a young person, and has leadership experience after holding several ministerial positions.

 

Caroline Atieno,  a resident of Kansanga, though unhappy with Kenyatta's win challenges the president-elect to deliver on his promises to improve the lives of Kenyans.

 

She says Kenyatta has to forego his personal interests and serve the Kenyans as a country.

 

Atieno was particularly unhappy that the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IBEC) took long to announce the final results. She says this leaves room for unsatisfied candidates to cast doubt on the results and take the matter to court.

 

Many Ugandans have also been keenly following the Kenyan election campaigns and eagerly awaiting the results.

 

Fred Bamusanze, a boda boda cyclist along Kampala road says, Uhuru Kenyatta has been his favorite candidate, and is happy he has won.

 

He explains that he chose Uhuru when he started hearing people refer to him as a man of the people, hard working and developmental.

 

Hassan Masaba, a second year law student at Makerere University, is not as excited at the outcome. He says the results are unfair because his favourite candidate Raila Odinga has lost out. He claims that the struggle for the Kenyan independence was fought by the people of western Kenya where Odinga hails from, adding that it is now the people from central Kenya who have benefited in the post independence Kenya by dominating the Kenyan politics, since 1963.

 

Shakira Nakamya, a resident of Makerere Kikoni along Sir Apollo road, says she is waiting to see if a new president means change in Kenya before she makes up her mind.

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