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  • Updated: August 15, 2022

Kenya: William Ruto Wins Presidential Election

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Quadri Adejumo
Quadri Adejumo

Quadri Adejumo is a reporter and a column writer. He covers news on World, Diaspora and Health.

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Deputy President William Ruto has been declared the winner of Kenya's presidential election.

Ruto narrowly beat his rival, Raila Odinga, taking 50.5% of the vote, according to the official results on Monday.

The announcement was delayed amid scuffles and allegations of vote-rigging by Odinga's campaign.

Juliana Cherera, the vice-chairperson of the 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.

"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."

This is the first time Ruto has run for President. He has served as deputy president for 10 years but fell out with President Uhuru Kenyatta, who backed Odinga to succeed him.

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

He 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."

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Quadri Adejumo
Quadri Adejumo

Quadri Adejumo is a reporter and a column writer. He covers news on World, Diaspora and Health.

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