Finally! Ruto talks with Uhuru via phone call
The President-elect Dr William Ruto on Tuesday had a phone conversation with the outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Dr Ruto confirmed that during their conversation, they discussed the just concluded general election and the transition as envisaged by the country’s democratic tradition and practice.
“I had a telephone conversation with my boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta. We discussed the just concluded General Election and the transition as envisaged by our democratic tradition and practice,” Dr Ruto said through his Twitter account.
This comes even as President Kenyatta remains adamant in congratulating his deputy for clinching the top seat.
On Monday, the head of state gave his address to the nation regarding the concluded election, where he generally lauded everyone who managed to win.
He rather poked holes in the judgement issued by the Supreme Court judges, reading from the same script from the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition Presidential candidate Mr Raila Odinga.
During his acceptance speech following the court’s ruling, Dr Ruto assured the country that he would reach out to his worthy competitors and talk to them about the concluded election.
Also, Dr Ruto said that he would talk to Mr Kenyatta, adding that they have not talked or met for about a month.
KOT reacted to the news of the two leaders talking via phone. Here are some of their thoughts…
@realdavidtarus: This is very encouraging. The election contest is now behind us, we unite and take Kenya to the next level. Keep your focus Mr. President, and carry the entire Kenya with you, regardless of where one is or was inclined during the just concluded election. Baraka tele.
@FaithHakala: Isn’t that not supposed to be obvious? Being a leader is like being a lady if you must remind us all the times you are then you aren’t.
@swt_akinyi: Are you people forbidden from having a physical meeting? African Democracy is still far from reality.
@marube_philip: Good to reach out. Unite our country and let’s all prosper together. No time for vengeance but to work and work. Congratulations Mr President. We really, really, look up to you with the hope of reviving the economy. God be with you.
This comes as the country prepares for the inauguration ceremony of the 5th President.
Dr Ruto and his deputy-elect Rigathi Gachagua will take the oath of office on Tuesday, September 13 at the Kasarani International stadium.
During the ceremony, the outgoing President will hand over the powers to his successor.
It was the wish of the outgoing president to have Mr Odinga as his successor, saying that Dr Ruto was not suitable to lead the country.
Mr Kenyatta labelled his deputy as a ‘thief’ who should not be entrusted with the country’s leadership.
However, Kenyans made their decision, the majority voting for his rival whom they have been together in the government since 2013.
All eyes are now focused on the inauguration day if all the candidates who took part in the presidential election will show up.