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I will not cling to power if defeated in August, Uhuru says

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he will hand over power if he loses the August 8, 2017 elections.

Uhuru was responding to a question by a journalist whether he will accept the outcome or refuse to step down like what happened in Gambia.

Gambia’s former leader Yahya Jammeh flew into exile in Equatorial Guinea after stepping down under pressure from West African nations to accept that he lost in the December elections to President Adama Barrow.

His exit ends rising tension as thousands of troops from Senegal and Nigeria who entered the tiny country on Thursday were poised to swoop on the capital Banjul.

Read: Gambia’s former leader Jammeh flies into exile in Equatorial Guinea

But while addressing journalists in Sagana Lodge, Nyeri on Sunday, Uhuru said he was different and he would accept the will of people.

“I will respect the decision of Kenyans after August 8, general elections. The rule of law and the will of Kenyans must reign supreme at all times,” he said.

The President will be seeking a second term through the Jubilee Party and he will be facing it with an opposition leader who is yet to be fielded.

He exuded confidence that he will win the 2017 presidential election following his development record since assuming office in 2013.

Former Gambian President declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after refusing to hand power to Barrow who won an election on Dec. 1.

The terms of the state of emergency and its implications for Barrow’s inauguration were not immediately known although sources say it will be imposed for 90 days “to prevent a power vacuum”.

Read: Gambia crisis: Jammeh given last chance to resign as troops close in

On Friday, Guinea’s President Alpha Conde and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz headed to Gambia to urge Jammeh to quit peacefully after he lost an election.

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