William Ruto held his first media interview after declared the president elect shortly after receiving his election certificate at the Bomas of Kenya.
Speaking with local and international journalists, he ruled out the possibility of working with his arch rival, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Ruto noted that he never subscribed to the so-called handshake, adding that the government works well with a strong opposition.
“I never believed in the handshake stories, I made my position clear because I believe in democracy, I believe in a government that has checks and balances
“When you have a government without doesn’t have the opposition, you run the very high risk of having a government that is not accountable precisely what we had seen over the last four years,” he said.
Ruto made it clear that he would only engage Raila as the opposition leader.
“My competitors have a role to play. I will work with my competitors in the role that the Constitution assigns the people in the opposition
“They will provide oversight over my government and I intend to work with them in that capacity,” said Ruto.
Ruto of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance has been declared the president elect of the republic of Kenya.
Ruto who contested for the country’s top seat under a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket was declared winner of the presidential election on Monday, August 15.
He was handed the election certificate by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati at the Bomas of Kenya.
Ruto emerged victorious after garnering 7,176,141 votes; 50.49 per cent of the total votes cast.
Raila who was the Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate got 6,942,930 which is 48.88 per cent of the total votes cast.
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