The triumph of democracy

ケニヤッタ大統領/大統領就任演説
ケニア, 2013年, ウフル·ケニヤッタ

Last weekend, Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election.

A few days later, it was revealed that his acceptance speech had been written by Juliet Wang’ombe, a 22-year-old poet who describes herself as a “spoken-word artist”.

Kenyatta’s speech did have a ‘poetic feel’. At 05:59 (below), for example, he celebrates “the triumph of democracy”. (Kenya’s previous election, in December 2007, led to violent protests that killed many people.)

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My fellow Kenyans, today we celebrate the triumph of democracy, the triumph of peace, the triumph of nationhood.

Despite the misgivings of many in the world, we have demonstrated a level of political maturity that surpassed expectations.

We dutifully turned out, we voted in peace, we upheld order and respect for the rule of law, and we maintained the fabric of our society.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is the real victory today — a victory for our nation. A victory that shows that Kenya has finally come of age. That this, indeed, is Kenya’s moment.

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Note: Uhuru Kenyatta’s native language is Kikuyu.

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