Kenneth concedes defeat in tight presidential race

March 5, 2013 5:00 pm


Kenneth and Ronnie when they conceded defeat.
Kenneth and Ronnie when they conceded defeat.
NAIROBI, Kenya March 5 – Eagle Alliance Presidential candidate Peter Kenneth conceded defeat on Tuesday after emerging fourth in interim results released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission so far.

“I am privileged and honored to have had this chance to give Kenyans a choice of leadership. I thank the Kenyans who believed in my dream to make this country great again and voted for me,” he said, accompanied by his running mate Ronnie Osumba.

By the time Kenneth announced defeat, he had been ranked fourth in interim results streamed from the National Tallying Centre at the Bomas of Kenya having garnered over 30,000 votes.

Addressing a press conference at his presidential campaign headquarters in Upper Hill, Kenneth said he was grateful to all his supporters who stood by him throughout the campaign period.

Kenneth stated that he had given his campaign his best efforts and expressed gratitude to all Kenyans who voted for him.

The Eagle Alliance candidate became the first leader in the race for the top job to concede defeat in the hotly contested race pitting seven other candidates—including Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga of CORD.

Others are Amani Coalition’s Musalia Mudavadi, Narc Kenya’s Martha Karua, Mohammed Dida of the Alliance for Real Change and Paul Muite of Safina as well James Ole Kiyiapi of Restore and Build Kenya.

While conceding defeat, Kenneth said he was ready to work “with whoever is elected president” and appealed to Kenyans to “remain calm and peaceful” as they await the final results to be announced by the electoral body.

“Kenyans face a difficult time of economic and social recovery in the years to come and I wish the next president of Kenya God’s blessings as he leads us in nation building,” he stated.

On his future plans, Kenneth said he would look at the options available for him before making a decision on the next move.

“Life must go on because there are many areas we can build the nation. It doesn’t just have to be in politics,” Kenneth said, adding “Some of us have had distinguished careers whether in football, the insurance world and as the longest serving assistant minister in Kibaki’s government we are there to serve the nation.”


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