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Odinga reacted to the decision of the Supreme Court
Nairobi (ANN)-The Supreme Court of Kenya has ruled on the disputed election results, confirming that William Ruto, was duly elected as the President of Kenya in the last August 9, 2022 election.
The resolution issued by the High Court of Kenya on Monday dismissed several lawsuits that sought to annul the results of the August 9 election.
Raila Odinga and William Rute had a tough competition, but Odinga , and his friends accused Ruto, and the chairman of the Electoral Commission of massive fraud, as they filed a case against the election results in the country’s Supreme Court.
However, the Court issued a strong verdict in which the judges stated that some of the plaintiffs had made false statements.
Therefore, the court followed the decision of the results announced by the election commission, that William Ruto, won the election, thus becoming the President of Kenya who will take over from Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mr Ruto garnered 50.5% of the vote in the closely fought election against 48.8% for Mr Odinga.
The 55-year-old will be sworn in as the country’s fifth president next week.
Following the ruling, Mr Ruto said he would extend a hand of friendship to his political opponents, and praised the judiciary and the electoral commission for upholding the “will of the people”.
Despite being the current deputy president, Mr Ruto was not backed by the outgoing President, Uhuru Kenyatta, who instead campaigned for his former rival, Mr Odinga.
Mr Ruto said he would be speaking to both men shortly and promised that his government would look after them in retirement.”We are not enemies, we are Kenyans. Let us unite to make Kenya a nation of which everyone shall be proud to call home,” he said.
Mr Kenyatta was reluctant to congratulate the President-elect, But, Raila Odinga whose petition to nullify his rival William Ruto’s presidential election victory was thrown out by the Supreme Court, has said he respected the decision but disagreed.
“We respect the opinion of the court although we vehemently disagree with their decision today,” Odinga said on Twitter on Monday, within an hour of the court’s decision.
Odinga, is a famous politician who is 77 years old, and this is the fifth time he has failed to achieve the goal of his attempt to become the President of the country, the failure this time was the last chance.
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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.
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