US intervention in Kenya’s presidential election strengthened the resolve of voters to propel Uhuru Kenyatta into the presidency

Uhuru Kenyatta (2R) and his deputy William Ruto (2L)

Uhuru Kenyatta (2R) and his deputy William Ruto (2L)

US intervention in Kenya’s presidential election strengthened the resolve of voters to propel Uhuru Kenyatta into the presidency, writes Nairobi-based Joseph Warungu in our series of letters from African journalists.

« Choices have consequences » – that warning to Kenyans, issued by US Assistant Secretary of State Jonnie Carson almost a month before the presidential election won by Uhuru Kenyatta, played on the minds of many voters as they cast their ballots on 4 March.

When in early February, during a briefing to journalists, Mr Carson was pushed to explain America’s position regarding the candidacy of two politicians who are charged with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court, he had a simple answer:

« We live in an interconnected world, » Mr Carson said, « and people should be thoughtful about the impact that their choices have on their nation, on the region, on the economy, on the society and on the world in which they live. Choices have consequences. »

Alone in the polling booth, more than six million Kenyans said to themselves: « I’m an African and a Kenyan, I don’t need anyone out there telling me who or what to vote for. »

As a consequence – they now have President-elect Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto.

Source: BBC News Africa

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