Kenya now has a new president-elect, and it is William Samoei Ruto. IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has announced the results at the Bomas of Kenya. The announcement came after the Azimio team team stormed out of the Bomas of Kenya.
According to the IEBC, William Ruto got 7,176,141 (50.49%) votes in a process that saw more than 14 million Kenyans come out to vote. Ruto was followed by Raila Omollo Odinga of Azimio who got 6,943,930 (48.86%) votes. Raila Odinga has since rejected the results saying his chief agent was not allowed to verify the results.
Earlier, there was commotion at the Bomas of Kenya with people fighting each other. Reports indicate the Senator for Narok Ledama Ole Kina was clobbered at the Bomas of Kenya as he tried to protest the results that were to be announced.
Four IEBC Commissioners have distanced themselves from the results saying that the tallying process was opaque. This left only 3 commissioners to make the announcement.
“I have been intimidated and threatened. But I took an oath of office and this is why I am here… This will be my last election to preside over and it has not been easy,” said Wafula Chebukati during the announcement of the results.
One of the Presidential candidates David Mwaure has already conceded defeat. Surprisingly, after conceding defeat, he endorsed William Ruto saying that having been at Bomas of Kenya, he has realized that he is the winner of the presidential elections.