William Ruto was named the winner of Kenya’s presidential election in August. On Sunday, he said that he would respect the Supreme Court’s decision, which will come out on Monday and either confirm or overturn the results of the election. The results of the vote are being contested by his opponent, Raila Odinga.
Odinga, a veteran opposition figure who was supported this year by the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his Jubilee party, came in second place with 48.85 percent of the vote to Ruto’s 50.49 percent. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC) said that Ruto, the outgoing Vice President, had more votes than Odinga by about 233,000.
But Odinga has disputed the results of the poll that took place on August 9 and has submitted a case to the highest court stating that there was fraud in the process of calculating the votes. According to him, the servers belonging to the IEBC had been hacked in order to insert fabricated results, and around 140,000 votes had not been counted. “The decision regarding the petition regarding the presidential election will be handed down tomorrow by the Supreme Court. Because we are a nation that is committed to upholding the law, we will respect the verdict and sentence handed down by the court,” declared William Ruto after attending a Sunday service in the city of Nakuru, which is located in the middle of the country. “That is how we will be able to establish an all-inclusive country. “Before the law, there is no such thing as a more important or less important Kenyan; all Kenyans are treated equally.”
Martha Karua, who is running as Odinga’s running mate, stated on Friday that the coalition supporting Odinga would likewise respect Monday’s decision. According to a report in the newspaper The Nation, she was quoted as saying that “our Constitution provides that if one is displeased with the results, they must seek legal recourse, and that is what we did.” “When the decision has been made, everyone will respect that. We are committed to preserving peace, but we recognize that in order to do so, there must be justice.” “A peace that is not based on justice cannot last over time.” The most recent presidential election, which took place in 2017, was the first time in Africa that the Supreme Court annulled the election and ordered a fresh vote.
Elections in Kenya have a history of being associated with violent conflict. In 2007, political tensions led to the worst of these wars, which killed more than 1,100 people and forced hundreds of thousands to leave their homes.