William Ruto Declared President-Elect Of Kenya With 50.49% Of Votes

William Ruto Declared President-Elect Of Kenya With 50.49% Of Votes

  • Deputy President William Ruto has been declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election amid dramatic scenes.
  • He beat his rival, Raila Odinga, taking 50.49% of the vote, according to the official results.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has declared William Samoei Arap Ruto as Kenya’s duly elected President.

The IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati announced the final results on Monday at the Bomas of Kenya in the capital Nairobi.

The electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said he had done his duty despite receiving threats.

“I took an oath of office to serve this country and I have done my duty in accordance with the constitution and the laws of the land,” he said.

“We have walked the journey of ensuring that Kenyans get a free fair and credible election. It has not been an easy journey – right now two of my commissioners and the CEO are injured,” he added.

“William Ruto garnered 7, 176, 141 votes representing 50.49 percent of votes. He attained 25 percent in 39 counties,” Chebukati confirmed.

William Ruto beat his rival arch politician and candidate of the Azimio La Umoja One Coalition party Raila Odinga who garnered 6,942,930 votes (48.85%).

The declaration was made in the presence of all presidential candidates, except Raila Odinga after the IEBC chair took pains to present confirmed results from each of the 49 counties.

Mr Chebukati presented the certificate of presidential results to Mr Ruto to wild cheers from his supporters.

He was accompanied by deputy president-elect Rigathi Gachagua and his wife Rachel Ruto, who is the First Lady designate.

There was drama before Mr. Ruto was declared the winner as four of the seven members of the electoral commission refused to endorse the result, saying it was “opaque.”

“We cannot take ownership of the result that is going to be announced because of the opaque nature of this last phase of the general election,” said Juliana Cherera, the vice-chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

“We are going to give a comprehensive statement… and again we urge Kenyans to keep calm. There is an open door that people can go to court and the rule of law will prevail,” she said.

Also, the Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s chief agent, Saitabao Ole Kanchuri, stated that the systems used by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to tally the results of the presidential contest were compromised ahead of the official announcement by the electoral body.

William Ruto, 55, had run for president. He has served as deputy president for 10 years but fell out with President Uhuru Kenyatta, who backed Mr Odinga to succeed him.

In his speech, President-elect Ruto thanked the electoral commission for overseeing the election.

“It is a wonderful evening… all sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya,” Mr Ruto said, calling Mr Chebukati a “hero”.

Mr Ruto said he wanted to be a president of all, and for the country to focus on the future.

“To those who have done many things against us, I want to tell them there’s nothing to fear. There will be no vengeance. We do not have the luxury to look back, “he added.