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ICC accused Kenya's new president

2013-03-09 09:12

Nairobi - Uhuru Kenyatta was elected Kenya's new president despite facing an international crimes against humanity trial, provisional election commission figures showed on Saturday.

Kenyatta took 50.03% of the vote, according to constituency tallies released in the early hours of Saturday, to become the African country's new leader 50 years after his independence hero father, Kenya's founding president.

The 51-year-old outgoing deputy prime minister - charismatic, able to appeal to all classes and one of Africa's richest men - is the first leader to take power whilst facing trial in The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC).

Kenyatta, whose first name means "freedom" in Swahili, beat by over 800 000 votes his opponent Raila Odinga, the 68-year-old outgoing prime minister who was on his third failed bid at the top job.

But Kenyatta, who won 6 173 433 votes out of a total 12 338 667 ballots cast, scraped through the 50% threshold needed to avoid a second-round run off by just over 4 000 votes.

Odinga trailed in second place with 43.28% with a total of 5 340 546 votes.

Once the results were released Kenyatta's supporters launched into victory celebrations.

As Kenyatta's supporters hugged and cheered in victory celebrations when the numbers were released, concerns were high as to how Odinga loyalists will react, five years on since a wave of bloodshed in which over 1 100 people were killed following disputed December 2007 elections.

Comments
  • Louis Scholtz - 2013-03-09 09:26

    The African way... Makes me sick!

      Bullet Proof - 2013-03-09 09:44

      Yes, how a person accused of crimes against humanity can run for elections? Only in African constitutions!!!

      makgale.makgalemele - 2013-03-09 10:59

      . . . and we Africans are not sick.Accused? Accused by who and for what? Eish, maar maybe you are right, Africans are stupid. How do you elect your killer or continue voting for someone who is corrupt. Eish, Louis I wanted to disagree with you but ' sehlare sa mosotho ke lekgowa ( the leader of Black person is White man )' We continue voting for a certain organisation that its leaders kill each other, where good leaders are hauled before courts accused of being corrupt, where good leaders a set for failer by being subbotaged by own comrades. That must be the African way you are refering to Louis.Jesibelle, I am now getting sick. Sies! I wish boSithembiso Jali can interpret African situation like you do Jesibelle. Murderers and corrupt people are leaders. Eish!

      Gebuza Mathivha - 2013-03-09 12:51

      Which African way????Explain yourself!

      Harold Ocholla - 2013-03-09 18:25

      Haha..I'm Kenyan and honestly Uhuru is elected so what? That is going to be the puzzle in the next few years for many Kenyans, like was it worth it. I feel sorry for my country.

  • Johan Jacobs - 2013-03-09 09:27

    Stadig met die gelukwensinge.

  • Sipho Mnguni - 2013-03-09 09:43

    Elected the new president despite facing crimes against humanity? Interesting, isn't? He polled more than six million votes. Done the African way. It's disgusting to say the least. It means in Africa even Colonel Saunders of the fried chicken business could become the best keeper of the chickens.

      Themba Khumalo - 2013-03-09 10:35

      Sipho, who do you think killed more, Bush, Blair or Kenyatta?

      Mabhesha'nkone ZoSuthu - 2013-03-09 10:51

      Well, Bush and Blair never killed the countrymen they were meant to protect.

      Hein Huyser - 2013-03-09 11:00

      What is it with this "self destruct default setting" of Africa?

      Tapiwa C Mapfumo - 2013-03-09 11:28

      The ideology that the whites put into us Africans will last,,when will it end.??we always critisize each other,hence destroy one another.wen we have leaders amongst us who stand against the white superiority,we scorn them,wen we have leaders amongst us who want to repossess wat was taken from us,we rebuke them..why why why. I ask

      Gebuza Mathivha - 2013-03-09 12:55

      What do you think?Africans are in the majority in Kenya.Are you colorblind and whitewashed?

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-03-09 16:50

      U are looking for thumps up i see. Why dont you go back to the short history of your own country and see how many whites deserve to be at the ICC in you own background

      bibi.vanzyl - 2013-03-09 18:39

      Themba; this is Kenya and bush and Blair do not rule Kenya. Do not confuse America and the middle East with Africa.

      Tsubodai Khan - 2013-03-09 20:41

      Why was only Kenyatta charged when in fact Raila Odinga was the person to contest the vote result and call his people to protest. Why wasn't he also summonsed? Why wasn't outgoing president Moi Kibaki also summonsed as he too had a role? People get angry over vote outcome, violence transpires, but yet only 1 of the 3 leaders are summonsed to answer questions. Kenyatta did not kill his countrymen, the 3 politicians made statements which inspired violence, they all 3 should be brought before the ICC.

      bibi.vanzyl - 2013-03-10 16:05

      Khan; they did not kill them personally, but incited and instigated the killings. Have you never watched the witness/victims/survivors' statements and video's?

  • Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-03-09 09:51

    let peace reign in kenya,for once let the opposition accept the results so that the people can carry on with their lives,we are really tired of disputed elections and the bloodshed that usually follows

      Mc Segal - 2013-03-09 10:04

      Coming up: Zimbabwe.....

      Johan Jacobs - 2013-03-09 10:15

      The Zimbabwe's coming election results, are availabble.

  • Lavisto Sondhlana Mavisto - 2013-03-09 09:53

    The world is criminal n deserves to be ruled by criminals

  • guy.alain.7967 - 2013-03-09 09:54

    this time around the election was fair EIC has approved. finish !.-

      Hein Huyser - 2013-03-09 11:01

      Sure?

  • Vengai Shoko - 2013-03-09 09:56

    the accusations rae vague to say the least. how could Ruto for example be gradded to the courts and leave odinga, who was his boss at the time. is it possible that Ruto was angry on odinga's behalf without a shred of the latter's culpability, it sounds strange

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-09 09:58

    Uhuru's eyes tells the story!!

      Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-09 11:35

      Skelm!!

      Gebuza Mathivha - 2013-03-09 12:59

      You are compltely lost and beyond redemption to get self=respect as an Africa.......This is and will also be Africa...barking won't help anyone crticizing Kenyatta or other African leaders.Your comments wil always be in the wilderness of fiction....wake up from your dreams

  • Thommo Hart - 2013-03-09 10:00

    Let it be, if it means peace in this beautiful country, so be it. Would you rather have him not elected and thousands more murdered or peace

      Mc Segal - 2013-03-09 10:06

      In 1979 we thought Mugabe was going to do what he said he would......Fat chance..

      richard.mhute - 2013-03-09 13:29

      @McSegal Please.... While Mugabe was calling for swords to be turned into plough-shares you were busy plotting coups (Operation Quartz), blowing up air-force planes and stirring hatred and animosity among the peolple (Super ZAPU).

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-03-09 16:33

      @Mc Segal "we" meaning whites i take it? If the Kenyans want Kenyatta, who are you to judge?

  • donovan.vorster.1 - 2013-03-09 10:04

    The African cycle..... they vote for him because of promises (knowing his past) and then complain when they get the short end of the stick. What has any African "built" or created that is posetive and lasting???? Only death and destruction...the African way.

      Themba Khumalo - 2013-03-09 10:15

      You are right, Vorster. I can name o few of those Africans responsible for a lot of deaths and lots of destruction; a few names come to mind, one of them being your namesake, John Vorster, PW Botha, Ian Smith, Caetano, Verwoerd, Dirk Coetzer, Eugene de Kok, Dr Death Basson..........and many more too numerous to mention.

      Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-03-09 10:35

      african cyle se moer,you probably would have been a hobo in europe yourself

      donovan.vorster.1 - 2013-03-09 10:47

      @ Themba - those are afrikaaners not african. @ Abner - you should read to see the patterns in ALL African countries.

      Xboxs Guru - 2013-03-09 11:16

      donovan.vorster.1 - What have you built in your lifetime? Stop claiming what some guy in Europe who shares the skin color like you invented.I am black and i invented a device which can make your car run on water.I can show you links and photographs if you like.What have you personally invented my white bro ? Please tell us.

      Themba Khumalo - 2013-03-09 12:54

      Donovan Vorster, Afrikaners ARE Africans. Obama is American. Daley Thompson is English, like Salman Rushdie. Break out of your mothballed time warp and into the real world. We can cure u of racism, but we can at least educate you on natianality.

  • Mphotant Thelejane - 2013-03-09 10:04

    Probably because he is a leader not subscribing and succumbing to secret society (illuminati) operations for channelling wealth their direction...so they see it as a good action to inject to discredit him. If its in the interest of humanity, why cannot they recognise that he is democratically elected and respect his nomination! This illuminati nonsense is gradually reducing this world to nothing but kingdom of ills.

  • ANASKA - 2013-03-09 10:28

    ZUMA and Kenyatta has a lot in comment plus Kenuatta looks stoned with those bloodshot eyes - or DRUNK!!

      Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-03-09 10:33

      a lot in common,jou moegoe,you are the drunk one

      Tapiwa C Mapfumo - 2013-03-09 11:16

      Anaska the drunkard..kwaaaaaa

      Gebuza Mathivha - 2013-03-09 13:17

      Bigots...there is nowhere to run to.You are in Africa and you keep on barking ar moon!

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-03-09 16:35

      White never cease to amaze. You in africa and this is how we roll. If you dont like why dont you go back to wherever your ancestors came from. Kenyans have spoken and live with it

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-03-09 10:49

    So we live in Africa, crime rules. Sickening!!!!!

      Sally Cynthia Eddy - 2013-03-09 11:42

      pls if Africa is nt gud 4 u....pack ur things nd leave

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-03-09 16:37

      You are free to leave Africa Lindy

  • Sally Cynthia Eddy - 2013-03-09 10:58

    do u people know what exactly happ in Kenya? we r free like a flag nd we as Kenya pipo will never sell our country to da whites! never nd never freedom is ours so shut ur mouth if ur nt from Kenya

      Tapiwa C Mapfumo - 2013-03-09 11:13

      Tell them sally

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-03-09 16:37

      Africa has shown us the way to go. Zimbabwe next

      Harold Ocholla - 2013-03-09 18:57

      Well I'm from Kenya and as much as we have the democratic right to choose our leaders, we will have to live with our choice of president. The elections were tribal, and Kenyatta is elected. In a few weeks/months/years we will be asking ourselves what next now that a crime suspect is in office. I like the idea of having two easy young vibrant men as President and VP, but is it worth it when they are facing serious criminal charges at the ICC. It's not good for business or promoting Kenya's economy that is fragile and relies on international export of coffee, tea, flowers to the west and tourism. Our future as a country 100% depends on how Kenyatta and his deputy, both ICC indicted play the ICC card. If they wish to ignore their trials, then we will face serious challenges. Luckily, I may not be that affected, but for the more than half the Kenyan population who rely on foreign aid, UN etc will suffer.

  • Matimba Masingi - 2013-03-09 11:28

    To hell with the ICC and it's imperialist agenda. Until its prosecutes Bush and Blair of mojar crimes against humanity. No one should take it serious. I say to hell with them. Allow Kenyans to deal with Kenya's problems.

      Harold Ocholla - 2013-03-09 19:03

      Then why did we opt for ICC? We cannot wish away ICC at this moment. That would have been possible had we set up a local tribunal to deal with the cases. As it stands now, we cannot do anything to stop ICC, and failing to corporate with them is bad for business and economy. If they only thought that ICC is imperialist and dealt with local problems internally. As it stands now, it's a trap.

      Tsubodai Khan - 2013-03-09 20:46

      Why is Raila and Moi also not at ICC. It was Raila who made the biggest noise about vote rigging, thereby calling his people to protest. ICC is a joke, and agree, until Bush and Blair are prosecuted the ICC is nothing better than CNN and BBC...propaganda machine to serve the purpose of the elite.

  • Nganga Mbuthia - 2013-03-09 11:29

    The 'civilized' way... makes me sick too, leave Africans and their choices alone, let us be what we are without trying to fix us, and then maybe you can see the corruption in your so called better ways.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-03-09 11:31

    I am not surprised. Africa is run by corrupt criminals. The illuminati loves it. Watching the barbarians end up in civil war and strife.

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-03-09 16:52

      why dont you leave the continent pal and go where you feel there are no criminals or where ever your ancestors came from?

  • Tsoros Ntshalintshali - 2013-03-09 11:32

    Is ICC for africans only???? I wish to see the day Bush and Blair being trial.

  • ian.murray.52459615 - 2013-03-09 11:48

    Alps; African logic progression syndrome. Has he been responsible for people being killed in peacetime? Arrest him and try him and exclude him from authority unless proven innocent. Not a difficult concept. International court tries whites as well, look at the Serbian cases recently, it is not biased. Leaving Africa to Africans...let the Malians tell the French that. Actually Vorster and Smith did a great deal of infrastructural building, just saying.

      Mbuso Makhaye - 2013-03-09 18:11

      men you are talkng in waters.... this silly ICC has never convicted or trilled any of this socalled first world countries... they invaided Iran before people we killed, now they invaided Iraq didnt find what they sad Iraq was cookng but still killed people... now how was trilled by ICC

  • Lindela Enos Mtshali - 2013-03-09 12:25

    Uhuru never shot or hacked anybody with a machette. Tribalism was the problem. The Kikuyu dominate. The politicians take advantage of this. Odinga himself is not blameless. Let's just hope he does a good job. By the way why is George W. Bush and Tony Blair not accused by the ICC? Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, right?

  • LesleyDGreyling - 2013-03-09 12:28

    Eish be interesting to see how this unfolds. The fact a man being investigate for "crimes against humanity" can be elected shows why democratic voting does not always work~! He has his fathers name, but guys that does not mean he is like his father, and at one stage you all tired of father anyway~!

      Gebuza Mathivha - 2013-03-09 13:21

      Go back to apartheid!!@ your pace and leisure to meet a mirage NOW!!!

  • Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto - 2013-03-09 12:29

    To hell with ICC why only African leaders being trieled by ICC? What abt Bush and Blair????????? We as African let's deal with our own problms, I think its time for AU mybe 2 have our ICC to trial African leaders nt europe mybe we cud trial Bush and Blair

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-09 12:35

      . Why don't you ask this to the members of the ICC?? Thirty Two are African nations !!! And its Chief Prosecutor is from Gambia !!!!!

  • Tlotlo Phele - 2013-03-09 12:41

    Hypocrites who critique Africa while they leach off it, you welcome to leave for a corruption free continent, good luck finding it space because it doesn't exist on earth

  • Tlotlo Phele - 2013-03-09 12:43

    So what European leaders are saint's now? Even your spiritual leaders molest,

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2013-03-09 13:03

    The murderous tendencies adopted by the western countries is all documented and nothing will ever happen. Thanks for Kenyans to stand up to the last frontier of colonial mindset. Uhuru's profile was raised by those trumped up charges and Kenyans has directly indicted that farce called the ICC. By your own admission you are not African so it will only be fair for Africans to find their own destiny. South African whites are disgusting to say the least. Sies man

      Gebuza Mathivha - 2013-03-09 13:19

      and the ptriotic Zimbanweans for kicking the ouy physically.We rather grovel in poverty than this x...nts.

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2013-03-09 14:21

    here is the broader picture - i have been travelling to kenya for the last 15 years and let me tell you that raila odinga is the one that should appear before the icc and not uhuru kenyatta. uhura was made a scape goat by odinga. this guy is a crook and so corrupt. uhuru is a good honest man like is father was and he will be the best man for the job stamping out corruption and improving the economy and the lives of the kenyan people.

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-03-09 16:41

      Kenyatta's only 'fault" is that his father was the architect of the victory against British colonialism in Kenya. Colonial powers, like the Mafia, never forget

  • ian.murray.52459615 - 2013-03-09 17:12

    Our religious leaders are being dealt with, it is painful. However they don't hack Albinos to death, or just hack arms off the living to sell as body parts. Without being decried or smoked out by their communities. Watch who yr throwing stones at.

  • Annemarie White - 2013-03-09 18:38

    Whoa! This is making the situation worse. We all live here. We have made and are still making mistakes. Let's get our common sense out and see waht we can save. Please? Please don't hate so much. It's not helping.

  • alf.hill.1 - 2013-03-09 22:18

    I suspect heat, like in Siuth Africa, the middle class And affluent Kenyans take the voting day as a holiday and go shopping and enjoy Braais, while the rest of the people stand in the sun waiting to cast their votes. When the results come out they whinge on social media and complain about idiots and evil men being presidents of their countries. The dangers of apathy.

  • Elisha Olando Afwata - 2013-03-09 23:18

    the validity of the said results are yet to be verified by supreme courts. things might not have been that free and fair now that IT systems failed

  • Gugulethu Lupuwana - 2013-03-11 13:37

    Why does he have bloodshot eyes? bloody?...

  • Gugulethu Lupuwana - 2013-03-11 13:39

    Why does he have bloodshot eyes?

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