William Ruto, vice president of Kenya who painted himself as a champion for Kenya’s poor, was declared winner in the country’s presidential election Monday, defeating veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Ruto narrowly beat his rival, Raila Odinga, taking 50.5% of the vote, according to the official results.
Four of the seven members of the electoral commission refused to endorse the result, saying it was
But the victory announcement was grounded in controversy as four of the seven members of the electoral commission refused to endorse the result, claiming “opaque nature” of the process damaged the outcome.
Juliana Cherera, the vice-chairperson of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), said :
“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.”
President-elect Ruto on his victory speech said,
“It is a wonderful evening… all sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya, 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.”