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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,6TH AUG 2018-President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnangagwa for winning the following his victory in the hotly contested elections held last week.
The was first since long-serving leader Robert Mugabe was ousted after 37 years in power.
Mnangagwa who took over in November last year following Mugabe’s removal in a joint effort between the ruling ZANU-PF and the military was declared the winner with 50.8 per cent of the vote against main Opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance who garnered 44.3 per cent of the vote.
President Kenyatta has pledged to work together with Zimbabwe’s government to strengthen development and economic stability in the continent.
“The mandate bestowed on you by the citizens of the Republic of Zimbabwe is a clear affirmation of their high regard and confidence in your able leadership,” he said in a statement on Monday.
“I look forward to continue working with Your Excellency to further deepen our bilateral relations in areas of shared interests for socio-economic benefit of our respective countries and peoples,” President Kenyatta assured.
He specifically pledged to work with Mnangagwa in the realisation of Africa’s Agenda 2063 that focuses on eradication of extreme poverty in the continent and improved healthcare.
“As you embark on a new mandate in Office, I wish you every success and reiterate Kenya’s commitment to close cooperation in pursuit of peace, economic development and stability on the Continent to ensure that the aspirations of Africa’s Agenda 2063 are realized,” he committed.
South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, sent his congratulatory note on Friday urging the Chamisa-led Opposition alliance to accept the outcome of the poll.
Chamisa’s MDC Alliance has however remained adamant on their refusal to acknowledge Mnangagwa’s election insisting that the outcome the July 30 presidential was altered.
In a news conference at the capital Harare on Friday, Chamisa decried what he termed as intimidation of members of the public by the military as supporters allied top his party protested the election’s outcome.
Chamisa said his party will challenge the outcome of the election.