Britain sends rare message to Uhuru after Supreme Court judgement

President Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in on Tuesday next week.

After battling the thorny legitimacy question at the apex court, which has been closely monitored across the world, South Sudan and Britain became the latest countries to send a congratulatory message to Mr Kenyatta on Monday.

“Britain Congratulates President Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election through UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson,” a tweet from State House which was confirmed by Foreign Affairs Cabinet secretary Amb Amina Mohammed, read on Monday.

The twitter handle added: "The Government of South Sudan congratulates on his re-election."

In the botched August 8 polls, there were no such messages from the West, something the Raila Odinga led team took an issue with, claiming that that no country in the world had confirmed Mr Kenyatta’s legitimacy.

In the recent past, the Jubilee administration had vowed to engage in massive shuttle diplomacy across the world in a bid to cement the legitimacy of Mr Kenyatta’s reelection, which has earlier been challenged in court through four petitions.

National Assembly Majority leader Mr Aden Duale had said that Jubilee administration would embark on creating a cordial working relationship with her neighbour states, including the dwindling Tanzania-Kenya and Uganda-Kenya relationships.

Taking her joy to social media, Amb. Mohammed said that the duo – Uhuru and Ruto have shown a resilience nature of leadership.

“Congratulations to your Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto for your patience and insistence on the rule of law. Patience is a virtue and it has truly paid off,” she tweeted moments after the ruling.

Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to address the nation, following the ruling at the Supreme Court. Mr Kenyatta will be sworn in Tuesday next week.


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