Transcript of president Uhuru Kenyatta’s acceptance speech after being declared winner in 2017 presidential election
Yea…Thank you very much please be seated thank you… God is good, (response)…all the time and all the time… (response) …God is good. Asantenisana.
I would just like to take this opportunity on my own behalf, on behalf of my family, on behalf of my deputy and his family to take this opportunity first and foremost to thank God for the favour…(applause) that he has shown us.
Secondly, to thank the people of this great and wonderful Republic of Kenya for the confidence that they have shown in me, my Administration – and to them, ours is just a pledge, that we shall continue with the work that we have already started and rededicate ourselves even more towards serving this great nation and our people. Thank you very much Kenya.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for a job well done. I think they have done the best that they can do. To the commissioners, to the staff, thank you very veryvery much. It has been a long wait, the last couple of days but we were determined that we would be patient and wait the final result as indeed has now been declared. Asante sana IEBC for a wonderful job, thank you very much we appreciate.
I would also like to thank all our supporters and all the people who have worked very very very hard for the last many months, all Jubilee supporters, all our staff, all politicians men and women who fought gallantly for various positions across the country. Twashukurusana, asantenisanakwenuninyinyote..asantenisana (applause). Congratulations to those who have won and to those who have lost we say we live to fight another day (applause…).
I also thank all the observers who have been with us over the last few days, we thank you for your contribution in helping ensure that Kenyans have had a free, transparent and credible election.. (applause).
Lastly and most importantly to our brothers who are worthy competitors, we are not enemies. We are all citizens of one Republic. As with any competition there shall always be winners and there shall be losers but we all belong to one great nation called Kenya and I extend a hand of friendship. I extend a hand of cooperation, I extend a hand of partnership, knowing fully well that this country needs all of us pulling together in order for us to succeed – And Kenyans want us to succeed.. (applause..).
So mine, like I said to my worthy competitor especially Right Honourable RailaAmoloOdinga, I reach out to you. I reach out to all your supporters, I reach out to all who were elected on now the opposition benches. We shall work together, we shall partner together, we shall grow together, we shall develop this country together and we are there ready to engage, to dialogue, to discourse together, so that we can build this nation of ours together (applause..).
TwashukuruMungu, and my fellow Kenyans, as we have always stated, elections come and go, Kenya is here to stay. And as I have said severally in all in our campaign rallies, let us always remember that we are brothers and sisters. Your neighbour is still your neighbour, let us be peaceful. Let us reach out to one another, let us share together. There is no need for violence. We politicians again also come and go, but your neighbour is your neighbour regardless of their ethnicity, their religion, their colour.
Mine and my call to all Kenyans, wherever you may be, watching us on TV this evening, listening to us on the radio, please reach out to your neighbour. Shake their hand, say this election is over. Regardless of whom you voted for, you are still my neighbour, you are a still my brother, you are still my sister (applause..applause) and let us move forward together. Mimi nashukuruWakenyawote.Asantenisana. Mengizaiditutasemakeshowachasasawatuwapumzike.Asantenisana… Thank you very much.
Speech obtained by David Mono Danga from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s twitter account @UKenyatta on Saturday 12th of August, 2017