Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Kenya hails Obama victory

US President Barack Obama walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia to deliver his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place on November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo/AFP

US President Barack Obama walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia to deliver his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place on November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo/AFP  AFP

By NATION REPORTER

President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Wednesday congratulated US President Barack Obama for his re-election. Read (Celebration as Obama wins)

In his message President Kibaki said the re-election was a re-affirmation of the confidence the American people have in President Obama’s leadership skills.

Kibaki wished US President Obama best wishes during his second term in office and prayed for God’s blessings.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Kenya and on my own behalf I convey our congratulations to you, for your well deserved victory. I commend the American people for showing their confidence in your leadership. Kenya, as always is proud of our association with you. We look forward to the deepening of relations between our two countries during your second term in office,” Kibaki said.

PM Odinga said the re-election of US President Barack Obama had electrified the world.

"It is a tribute to the people of the United States that they have re-elected an African American President amidst an intensely trying economic environment that would have tested any incumbent. It is therefore also an outstanding personal triumph for President Obama," said PM Odinga.

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka also said Obama's re-election was a big win for a free world.

"It is our hope that he uses his second term to work for peace and to bear positive influence across the globe," he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi said Obama was one of a few sitting presidents to be re-elected in America against a background of a poorly performing economy.

He said Obama's resilience was a lesson in how to turn adversity into opportunity.

Mudavadi also congratulated US Republican candidate Mitt Romney for conceding defeat.

"I also congratulate Mitt Romney for competing maturely and conceding loss in the most polite manner," he said

Meanwhile, Mama Sarah Obama has congratulated the American people for re-electing his 'grandson'.

While addressing Kogelo residents who kept vigil at her home from Tuesday night to early Wednesday, she said the action taken by the American people was a great honour and would motivate more people with African roots to participate in global politics.

“Much as I must thank the American people for this gesture, victory is Africa’s as it solidifies our position in world leadership.” she said.

Obama’s re-election as US president threw the entire Kogelo village, Siaya County into a jamboree.

According to Mama Sarah Obama, a combination of many factors handed her grandson victory.

“It is God’s plan and most of all, he is an outstanding gentleman.” she said.

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