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Uhuru wins in Uganda with 374, Odinga gets three

By Tom Mugisha, tom.mugisha@alleastafrica.com

KAMPALA – President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee coalition on Thursday polled 374 votes at the Kenyan High Commission in Kampala out the 383 valid votes cast.

Despite the boycott, the National Supper Alliance leader (NASA) Leader Raila Odinga, got three votes in the polls characterised by a low voter turn up.

Only about 400 Kenyans living in Uganda cast their ballots out of the about 1,200 registered voters at the two polling stations hosted at the Kenya High Commission.

John Ekuuru Aukot and Mohamed Abduba Dida scored three and four votes respectively. According to the Presiding officers, Samuel Waweru and Jonathan Mengich, Kenyan nationals in Uganda began voting by 6am.

Maj Gen Geoffrey Okanga, the Kenyan ambassador to Uganda after casting his vote told said Kenyans exerhis nationals were exercising their democratic right as ordered by the Supreme Court.

He also indicated that the poll’s credibility will depend on how IEBC handles the process and what the Kenyan people decide.

“We hope that what we achieve today will take the country forward to the next stage. Some people had asked for minimal reforms and without these reforms, they have decided not to come which is part of their right,” he said.

On the situation back home, Maj Gen Okanga said: “I understand that in some places, people have come to vote whereas in others, they have refrained from participating. That is their democratic right.”

According to him, Kenya’s future will depend on the outcome of Thursday’s election.

Ms Eva Kiohi, a Kenyan trader based in Uganda said she turned up to exercise her democratic right despite NASA leader, Raila Odinga’s call upon voters not to participate in what he called a sham election.

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