Italy wishes Uhuru Kenyatta well in congratulatory message

Thursday April 4 2013

Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano gives a press conference on March 30, 2013 at the Quirinale, the Italian presidential palace in Rome. President Napolitano congratulated Uhuru Kenyatta for being elected Kenya's fourth president April 4, 2013. AFP

Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano gives a press conference on March 30, 2013 at the Quirinale, the Italian presidential palace in Rome. President Napolitano congratulated Uhuru Kenyatta for being elected Kenya's fourth president April 4, 2013. AFP 

By DAVE OPIYO

Italy has congratulated Uhuru Kenyatta on his election as Kenya's fourth president.

"On the occasion of your election to the highest institutional office of Kenya, I wish to convey to you my most fervid wishes of success in your high mandate," said President Giorgio Napolitano in a statement.

"With the peaceful conduct of the elections the Kenyan people have shown their confidence in the democratic system and in the 2010 Constitution," he said.

President Napolitano said Italy was Kenya's bilateral partner and a friend.

"Italy is linked  to your country by genuine relations of friendship and bilateral cooperation and values its important role in maintaining peace and stability in Eastern Africa."

"I am pleased with your commitment to support the institutional stability and to abide by the international obligations of Kenya," the President said.

"Permit me, both for myself and on behalf of my fellow Germans, to congratulate you most warmly on your election as President of the Republic of Kenya and on the successfully held elections of the National Assembly, the Senate, the Governors and the County Assemblies," Germany President Joachim Gauck said in a statement.

France, Britain, US , Israel and the European Union, among others, have also congratulated Mr Kenyatta.