Envoys congratulate Ruto, laud Raila’s role in democracy
Several Embassies and High Commissions in Kenya have congratulated President-elect Dr William Ruto following the the Supreme Court’s verdict to uphold his election victory.
In a joint statement, the Embassies said that they are looking forward to working closely with Dr Ruto’s administration while at the same time lauded Opposition leader Mr Raila Odinga for his role in democracy.
“We acknowledge the contribution of Rt Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga to Kenya’s democratic evolution,” the statement read in part.
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They also commended Kenyans for being peaceful during the election, after, and even after the court made its pronouncement of the petition that was seeking to annul the announcement of Dr Ruto as the president.
“We commend the people of Kenya and its independent institutions for an election conducted in the spirit of democracy, freedom and the rule of law.”
Further, they said that the peaceful electioneering process in the country continues to show the world how to be a modern, democratic nation.
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The statement was jointly been by Australia, Canada, Denmark, UK, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the US.
This comes as world leaders continue sending congratulatory messages to Dr Ruto ahead of his swearing-in ceremony slated for September 13.
In her message to Dr Ruto, UK Minister for Africa Vicky Ford said that the UK will work with the new administration to strengthen the UK-Kenya relationship as well as its strategic partnership.
On Friday, the US had issued an advisory notice to its citizens in Kenya over violence ahead of the Supreme Court’s verdict. However, no such incidence were reported across the country following the ruling.
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