South African politician and activist Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party has congratulated William Ruto on his election as the president of Kenya.
In his congratulatory message, the outspoken politician also praised IEBC for how they conducted polls terming it consequential in African development.
“The EFF congratulates the President-Elect of Kenya, His Excellency William Ruto. The announcement of the results by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissions marks yet another milestone in the development of democratic values in Africa,” Malema said.
In the same light, Malema implored Azimio la Umoja One Kenya principal Raila Odinga to concede defeat and move on.
He said this would allow a smooth transition of power and make room for peace to prevail.
“The EFF calls on rivals, the contestants, and in particular, Raila Odinga to accept the results of the elections and act with restraint with their supporters
“It should never be in the name of any presidential candidate that Africa should re-live the harrowing experience of the past characterised by an elections aftermath of brutal violence,” Malema noted.
Malema also asked the people of Kenya to mind themselves and their future rather putting their focus on one individual.
“But Kenyans must prioritize Kenya and must protect Kenya, and must protect democracy. They must love their country more than loving individuals,” he said.
EFF Statement On The Elections Outcome In Kenya pic.twitter.com/zVvEYRYDFv
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) August 17, 2022
This comes a day after Raila said he will challenge Ruto’s victory in the just concluded elections.
Speaking to the press from Azimio Media Center at the KICC, the former Prime Minister dismissed IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati’s announcement as null and void.
Raila accused Chebukati of trying to overturn the will of the people, adding that he will be moving to court by on seek annulment of Ruto’s won.
“Our view in Azimio is clear, the figures by Wafula Chebukati are null and void and must be quashed by a court of law. In our view, there is neither a legally and validly declared winner nor a president-elect,” Raila said.
The Azimio flag bearer also urged his supporters to keep calm as their legal team handle the matter.
“I want to commend our supporters for keeping calm and keeping peace and urge them to continue doing so. Let no one take the law into their own hands. Justice will prevail,” Raila added.
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