Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has become the latest African leader to congratulate Emmerson Mnangagwa on his victory in Zimbabwe’s presidential election.
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.
The result was announced in the early hours of Friday morning, but has been contested by the president’s main challenger Nelson Chamisa. He alleges that the vote count was tampered with.
In his congratulatory message, President Kenyatta pledged close partnership with Zimbabwe 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.
I convey my warm congratulations to my brother @edmnangagwa following your election as the President of Zimbabwe. 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.
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) August 6, 2018
There was no reference to this in Mr Kenyatta’s tweet, who said that the result was proof of the “high regard” Zimbabweans have of his “able leadership”.