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US Gov’t Congratulates Ruto after Supreme Court Verdict

President-elect William Ruto during Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja’s inauguration PHOTO/COURTESY

The US Government has congratulated President-elect William Ruto after the Supreme Court upheld his win in the August 9 polls.

The US government sent its congratulatory hours after the Supreme Court ruling delivered on Monday, September 5.

It also congratulated the people of Kenya for participating in a peaceful electoral process.

“The United States congratulates William Ruto on his election as president of Kenya, as confirmed by the Supreme Court on September 5.  We also congratulate the people of Kenya on the conclusion of a peaceful electoral process,” reads the statement issued by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

The US government noted that it was looking forward working with Kenya and enhancing its ties under Ruto’s administration.

“The United States and Kenya share a strong and longstanding partnership based on a commitment to democracy, security, and economic prosperity.  We look forward to enhancing this partnership with President Ruto and his new government,” the statement further read.

The US also congratulated Azimio la Umoja flag bearer Raila Odinga and other presidential candidates for committing to respect the Supreme Court ruling.

“We commend Raila Odinga and other candidates for abiding by the Supreme Court ruling.  Transparent electoral processes and the peaceful adjudication of disputes are testaments to the strength of democratic institutions,” the statement added.

At the same time, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni also congratulated Ruto after the Supreme Court verdict.

In a statement on Twitter, Museveni noted that he congratulated the outgoing Deputy President via a phone call on Monday.

He also noted that he is looking forward to working with Ruto.

“I rang Mr Ruto to congratulate him on the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to uphold his election as the 5th President of Kenya

“I look forward to working with him to strengthen our  Strategic Partnership in advancing the EAC agenda. God bless the people of Kenya,” Museveni added.

Ruto’s win was upheld by the Supreme Court in the ruling delivered by Chief Justice Martha Koome on Monday, September 5.

Koome noted that Ruto met the constitutional threshold of 50 per cent +1 of the total valid votes cast and also garnered 25 per cent of the votes cast in at least 24 counties.

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“We declare the election of the first respondent as valid. It is our finding that the declared President-elect attained 50 per cent plus one of the of the votes cast in accordance to the Constitution,” Koome noted.


President-elect William Ruto and part of his legal team in Karen, Nairobi PHOTO/COURTESY

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