'I will run a democratic government,' President-Elect William Ruto says

William Ruto defeated 77-year-old Raila Odinga who got 6,942,930 votes.

• William Ruto will not discriminate against any Kenyan

• William Ruto acknowledged his win to God.

in a file photo
William Ruto in a file photo
Image: The-Star

President-Elect Dr. William Samoei Ruto has vowed to only unite all Kenyans and to work with all elected leaders.

Ruto who spoke after he was declared the President-elect said he will not discriminate against Kenyans who voted against him.

"I want to promise the people of Kenya that I will run a democratic government and I will work with the opposition to the extent that they oversight the government," William Ruto said.

"I’m acutely aware our country is at the stage where we need all hands on deck. We do not have the luxury to look back, we do not have the luxury to point fingers, we have to work together for a prosperous Kenya."

In his speech, William Ruto acknowledged his win to God.

"I want to thank God that we are here this evening to witness this momentous occasion," he said.

"I want to thank God that today we have concluded this election. I know that there were predictions that I would not get to the ballot, there were predictions that we wouldn't get here but because of God we are here."

Ruto also thanked Kenyans for upholding peace during the entire period, saying they have jointly with the candidates raised the bar.

"Gratitude goes to the millions of Kenyans who refused to be boxed into cocoons of ethnicity," he said.

Ruto garnered 7,176,141 votes representing 50.49 percent of the final vote, while Raila garnered 6,942,930 votes this 48.85 percent, as announced by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati at the Bomas of Kenya national tallying centre.

William Ruto defeated 77-year-old Raila Odinga, once a fiery and iconic opposition leader who has lost, counting this election, five times.

The Deputy President managed to get a majority of votes from the critical, vote-rich Mt Kenya region, leading in most counties.

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