On Monday 15th August 2022, Wafula Chebukati, the National Returning Officer declared outgoing DP William Ruto as the President elect, following an rlection that was carried out 6 days before. Uhuru Kenyatta, seeing that his preferred candidate lost, remained silent to the point that many anticipated that he will not be willing to hand over the presidency to his former deputy.
William Samoei Ruto garnered 7,176,141 votes against Odinga’s 6,942,930.
Uhuru Kenyatta, according to the-star.co.ke, is on record stating that he will not hand over power to William Ruto. The president said this amongst a myriad of corruption accusations against president elect Ruto, in political rallies he held in favour of Raila Odinga.
Following H.E. Kenyatta’s silence since Monday, Hon. Rigathi Gachagua has on 18th August stated that they don’t need him for William Ruto to assume office.
While speaking through Kass TV, the incoming deputy president stated that it is worrying that the silence of the outgoing president is worrying, and that Uhuru Kenyatta should handle everything like a gentleman.
He affirmed that the swearing in process does not need him. He explained that only the chief justice is required according to the constitution, and that handing over the sword is mere symbolism.
He noted that it is wise for him to come out of his hideout and congratulate the president elect.
Even if he does not want to congratulate Ruto he should do the honourable and send a message of peace to Kenyans.Rigathi Gachagua
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This comes after Raila Odinga dismissed the election results, stating that the irregularities involved made the results null and void.
Despite the declaration of the presidential elect by IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati, Kenyans have to wait for the anticipated petition verdict from the Apex court.
If 2017 history is to be repeated, then Ruto’s joy of winning the commander in chief job will be short-lived as he will have to embark on yet another nerve-wrecking campaign and elections.
According to the constitution, a presidential candidate has a right to file a court petition in the supreme court 7 days after declaration of the results by the IEBC chairman.