Uhuru Kenyatta's victory speech
Posted Saturday, March 9 2013 at 18:01
My fellow Kenyans, thank you.
Thank you for all your patience and your support along the way
I thank God for sustaining us and for bringing us this far.
I thank all those who have remained vigilant in prayer for our nation during this time.
I want to thank the people of the republic of Kenya who have shown patience over the last few days as we all awaited the outcome of this election.
I thank the thousands of officials who worked with the IEBC to make this, the most free and most fair general election in our nation's history.
Despite the challenges that you faced, you managed to keep the trust of Kenyans and to do your job professionally.
While we look forward to a day when electoral results are relayed in real-time to curb anxiety, we acknowledge that every process can be refined and I pledge to give you my support as you seek more efficient ways to conduct future elections.
I would also like to acknowledge and thank the police and all security agencies for their diligence and commitment to ensuring security.
I would especially like to acknowledge the police officers who lost their lives on the eve of the elections. They made the ultimate sacrifice, laying down their lives,in the name of democracy.
To their families, I offer my sincere condolences for your loss and I assure you that I, and the people of Kenya are standing with you in prayer.
The incidents that took the lives of our officers are a reminder that security remains one of the biggest challenges in our nation. It is unacceptable to see such violent and unnecessary loss of life. As we move forward, I pledge to meet all threats to our national security with the full force of Kenya's resources and with utmost urgency.
To the Kenyan media - you have shown remarkable responsibility as this country’s fourth estate. You have shown sensitivity in the dissemination of news and impartiality in your treatment of the results. You have no doubt helped to keep the country calm.
We are grateful for this, and we will continue to consider you our true partners as we embark on our journey.