In Kenya, half the faces in Parliament have been changed by the country's first general election since the death of independence leader Jomo Kenyatta.
In Kenya, half the faces in Parliament have been changed by the country's first general election since the death of independence leader Jomo Kenyatta. Although it was a one-party election, there was strong rivalry among the 800 candidates, and hectic campaigns were carried on right up to the start of voting last Thursday (8 November). Kenyans responded by turning out in large numbers, despite heavy rainstorms. By Saturday (10 November), results showed that at least half of the old guard Cabinet of the late President Kenyatta had been voted out of office.
SYNOPSIS: Dr Munya Waiyaki, Kenyan Foreign Minister, was one of the lucky ones who retained a seat. But observers predict that congratulations may be premature for the minister who--according to political sources -- might be rejected by President Daniel Arap Moi when he forms his new Cabinet. The Kenyatta Conference Centre was the main returning office in Nairobi, and Philip Leakey was on hand to see himself make Kenyan history. The 30-year-old farmer, son of famous anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey, was the first white to be elected to the National Assembly since independence 15 years ago. He was born in Nairobi's Langata constituency, where he won an 800-vote majority over the nearest of his eight black African opponents.
Maina Wanjigi, an assistant minister in the former government, personally recounted the votes six times for the Kamukunji seat. But each time the totals showed him to have lost. There will be a two-week period in which all appeals against results will be studied. Once the final outcome is established, the new administration will be named.
Gifts of beer, sugar and milk flowed freely during the election campaign, and appeals were expected against candidates who might have exceeded the legal spending limit. But no other incidents were reported after President Moi appealed to Kenyans to vote wisely and in an orderly manner. And in the Kamunkunji constituency, Nicholas Philip Gor won the ballot to take one of the 158 seats in the new parliament.