See the chaotic scenes as Kenya elects new president
by MOHAMED MAJID and TANIA BERBER GARCIA
KENYA’S election day comes with chaos and uncertainty for many in the country. Mwai Kibaki, the leading candidate of the Kenya National Democratic Alliance (KNA) party was expected to win the election by a large majority.
With his landslide victory, Kibaki was hailed as the savior of a troubled country. But as soon as he stepped into power, his cabinet fell into chaos.
There were many reasons for the surprise win. Kibaki faced a tough contest against Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, a member of the Kenya African National Union (KANU). President Moi also suffered a stroke, and was not expected to run for the presidency.
Although Kibaki was the only candidate to be favoured by nearly every political party in the country, he could not afford to risk their support and was forced to rule by his National Co-ordinating Committee (NCC).
Kibaki had been expected to win comfortably but Musyoka’s victory surprised most observers and triggered fears for the future of Kenya.
The next eight years will be filled with challenges for Kenya. The first task is to find a way out of the current crisis in Kenya. With no other credible candidate to run for the presidency, the next president will have much to consider.
On the morning of Dec. 4, Kibaki was announced the winner of the election, having received more than 2.4 million votes, according to the Kenya Election Directorate.
Kibaki was officially declared president-elect at the Nairobi International Conference Centre in the afternoon.
As Kenya’s electoral commissioner, Wilson Kipchumba, who had warned Musyoka several times against running for the presidency, declared shortly after the victory that Musyoka will not be going into the election office.
The KNA party claimed it did not have enough time to prepare its candidate for the presidency and therefore Musyoka was declared the winner.
The KNA party demanded Musyoka to step aside as the president and allowed