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President Uhuru Kenyatta: is his first term in office jinxed?

MAYOYO-PATRICK
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President Uhuru Kenyatta and former President Park Geun-hye of South Korea who visited Kenya in May 2016. Her government was engulfed by a scandal before she was removed from power by court in March 2017. PHOTO/PSCU
At least four heads of state and government who visited Kenya during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s five year presidency left office acrimoniously or they were voted out in their attempts to secure a second term.
These heads of state and government include former President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, Park Geun-hye of South Korea, former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and former  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
Two of the ousted presidents came from a Africa, a continent where incumbent presidents are known not to lose elections.
And the two, opposition candidates who won against the incumbent presidents were perennial losers in presidential elections for three times.
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President Mohamed Buhari of Nigeria had lost in the last three past presidential elections before he won against Jonathan.
President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana also lost three presidential bids before he won.
President Akufo-Addo first ran for President in 2008 and again in 2012, both times as the candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), but was defeated on both occasions by John Atta Mills:  in 2008 and John Dramani Mahama in 2012 before he beat Mahama in the 2016 elections in the first round (winning 53.85% of the votes) after three presidential race attempts.
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Former President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana
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Former President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana with President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO/PSCU
At least four heads of state who visited Kenya during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s five year presidency let office acrimoniously or they were voted in their attempts to secure a second term.
These heads of state and government include Former President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana
Former President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana visited Kenya and served as a Special Guest of Honour at Kenya’s 51st Independence anniversary celebrations (or Jamhuri) Day on Friday, 12th December, 2014.
During his visit Mahama signed seven key agreements to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two nations, at the conclusion of a three-day state visit of the Ghanaian leader.
Two of the agreements, which were signed at the State House in Nairobi, centred on the development of partnerships in Air Services and Trade, whilst five Memorandums of Understanding, (MOUs), were signed on Tourism, Agriculture, Energy, Oil and Gas, Information and Communications Technologies, (ICTs), and Education.
Some elements of the agreements included efforts to reduce the cost of doing business between the two countries, cooperation in tourism training, and the exchange of technical information in agriculture.
Mahama lost the December 7, 2016 presidential election to Nana Akufo-Addo in hotly contested election and finally conceded defeat.
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President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana also lost three presidential bids before he won.PHOTO/COURTESY
President Akufo-Addo first ran for President in 2008 and again in 2012, both times as the candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), but was defeated on both occasions by John Atta Mills:  in 2008 and John Dramani Mahama in 2012 before he beat Mahama in the 2016 elections in the first round (winning 53.85% of the votes) after three presidential race attempts.
Former President Park Geun-hye of South Korea
Former President Park Geun-hye of South Korea visited Kenya in May 2016. During the visit, Kenya and South Korea has signed a Sh10 billion deal towards the construction of a public research university at Konza Techno City.
President Park Geun-hye tried unsuccessfully to head off a pending impeachment vote over a devastating corruption scandal.
Park Geun-hye was removed from power by court in March 2017, a first in the nation’s history
Her removal capped months of turmoil, as hundreds of thousands of South Koreans took to the streets, week after week, to protest a sprawling corruption scandal that shook the top echelons of business and government.
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Park Geun-hye, who was South Korea’s first female president was the daughter of the Cold War military dictator Park Chung-hee.
Ms Park’s government was engulfed by a scandal involving a longtime friend and secretive adviser, Choi Soon-sil, who has been charged with extorting the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars from South Korean businesses. Prosecutors have said that Ms Park helped her to do so.
 
Park Geun-hye, was South Korea’s first female president. PHOTO/PSCU
Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi visited Kenya in July, 2015. During the visit Renzi signed the agreement for the construction of the Sh 34 billion Itare dam in Nakuru County that was to be financed by Italian banks.
Renzi resigned as Italian prime minister after being roundly defeated in a referendum to change the constitution.
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Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi  with President Uhuru Kenyatta when he visited Kenya. PHOTO/PSCU
The Itare dam project Renzi helped to finance is currently embroiled in controversy.
The former prime minister conceded defeat in an emotional speech at his residence, Palazzo Chigi, and later submitted his resignation to Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella.
Former  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
Former  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan visited Kenya in September 2013 for a three-day visit in what State House said was “to boost bilateral and trade ties” between the two countries.
Mr Jonathan came with a delegation of more than 100 businesspeople and met President Uhuru Kenyatta.
It was the first time a Nigerian president was touring Kenya on a state visit in as many as 26 years. During the tour several business and cooperation agreements were signed.
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Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Kenya when he visited Kenya. He was defeated by President Mohamed Buhari. PHOTO/PSCU
http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Nigerian-President-Jonathan-set-to-arrive-in-Nairobi/1056-1980676-ixv811/index.html
In March 2015, Jonathan earned the dubious distinction of being the first president in Nigerian history to lose an election when  he was beaten by opposition leader General Mohamed Buhari.
In many ways, Jonathan was the architect of his own downfall. He made critical mistakes that turned the public and allies against him, and led them to gravitate towards the opposition.
During his presidency, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in northern Nigeria, Jonathan failed to realise how much this would capture the public’s attention, both locally and internationally.
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Defeated in the last three elections, General Buhari achieved a historic victory in the 28 March election, when he became the first opposition candidate to defeat an incumbent.
He had initially ruled Nigeria from January 1984 until August 1985, taking charge after a military coup in December 1983.
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