President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya is back in power after a presidential poll whose outcome was difficult to predict although in Africa, it is always difficult to unseat incumbents. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has already congratulated Kenyatta even as fears subsist that opponent Raila Odinga’s supporters might resort to the streets .
It is assumed that elders, African leaders and other influential voices of caution will intervene behind the scene if only so that the image of Africa as where electoral contest must always end in violence is contained this time. A decade ago, that was what happened in Kenya.
It has been a tough week for two African president. While the election was on in Kenya, a No Confidence’ vote was unraveling in South Africa against incumbent President Jacob Zuma. Zuma barely escaped being sent packing in the process.