President-elect William Ruto: I have not talked to Uhuru for months
President-elect William Ruto reveals he has not talked to President Uhuru Kenyatta in a while but assured the public that he will respect him in retirement.
“I take no offence he decided to support someone else (in the August polls). I said earlier that I supported him to become President without expecting in return. We will remain friends,” said the President-elect.
“I have not talked to him in months. Shortly I’ll be calling him (President Kenyatta) so we have a conversation on the process of transition. We look forward to building on the foundation we already have.”
“He has done a good job and he will take his place in the history of Kenya.”
The President-elect also said his election marks the end of the politics of decieit.
“Every leader must be held accountable for what they say. And they should be able to match what they say with what they do. The criminal justice system will be reserved for fighting justice.”
William Ruto further attributed his victory to his faith in God.
He spoke on Monday, in his first speech to the public since the Supreme Court upheld his victory.
Also present at the event held at his soon-to-be former residence as Deputy President was his immediate family led by wife Rachel and children, his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua, and political allies.
“This is a moment like no other,” said the President-elect.
“I thank the Almighty God. It is God. I say it is God. Without Him we wouldn’t be here.”
The President-elect also shared how he had gone through difficult situations to get elected.
He said: “I have gone through many difficult situations but because of God we are here to celebrate that Kenyans made a choice and that the choice has been confirmed by the judiciary.”
Ruto has also thanked his family and political allies for working towards his victory.
“I thank my friends, starting with my wife Rachel who prayed for me. She always prayed for me before leaving, and my children for believing in me and encouraging me.”
He also thanked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision (IEBC) and Judiciary.