William Ruto: Expectations are huge, no time to waste

Kenya’s President-elect William Ruto said the expectation of Kenyans was huge, and he had no time to waste after chairing a meeting of elected officials from his alliance on Wednesday.

Ruto said he was forging ahead with creating his administration and pledged that no part of the country would be excluded regardless of political party or ethnic group affiliation.

The chairman of the electoral body on Monday declared Ruto the winner of the presidential election, but Kenyan veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga rejected the result on Tuesday.

World leaders have sent congratulatory messages to Kenya’s president-elect, William Ruto following his declaration as the winner of the country’s August 9 election.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, announced Ruto as the winner on Monday afternoon after an hours-long delay.

Soon after the announcement, some leaders took to social media to send their congratulatory messages to Ruto.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wrote: “My congratulations William Ruto on your election as the President of the Republic of Kenya. I wish you best of luck in your endeavors ahead and we look forward to working closely with you on common bilateral and regional interests.”

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa wrote: “Congratulations to William Ruto on his election as the next President of Kenya. I have no doubt he will serve his country, his people and our continent with distinction.”

Somalia’s Presidency also shared a message from President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, saying he “warmly congratulates President-Elect William Samoei Ruto of the Republic of Kenya, following his election victory. The President looks forward to working with William Ruto towards stronger bilateral relations & closer cooperation between Somalia and Kenya.”

Former Somalia President Mohamed Farmaajo also sent a message saying, “I wish to offer my most sincere congratulations to President-Elect of Kenya H.E. William Ruto and the people of Kenyan following the successful conclusion of the elections. You truly ran an enriching, overpowering campaign & May God help you fulfill your vision for your country.”