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There's No Room for Vengeance - William Ruto

In his acceptance speech, Ruto said he will run a transparent, open and democratic government, and work with the Opposition who will provide oversight to his administration, adding that there was no room for vengeance. Ruto said this was a win for Kenyans who rejected tribal politics.
William Ruto- Kenya's President-Elect

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Kenya's President-Elect William Somoei Ruto has commended Kenyan voters for raising the bar to have an election which is fully based on issues, above the ethnic undertones and configurations.

Ruto was announced the winner of the Presidential polls held on August 9, with 7,176,141 votes representing 50.49 per cent of the vote, ahead of his main challenger Raila Odinga who polled 6,942,930 representing 48.85 per cent of the vote. He was declared by the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission-IEBC.

In his acceptance speech, Ruto said he will run a transparent, open and democratic government, and work with the Opposition who will provide oversight to his administration, adding that there was no room for vengeance.

"I know many are wondering, especially those who have done many things against us. I want to tell them that they have nothing to fear, that there is no room for vengeance, there is no room for looking back, we are looking into the future. We do not have the luxury to apportion blame, we must close ranks and work together for a functioning democratic, prosperous Kenya," Ruto said.

Ruto said this was a win for Kenyans who rejected tribal politics, and that whichever way each of the Kenyans voted, "this  will be their government."

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He also hailed his rival Raila Odinga for putting up a spirited fight and dwelling on issues that affect Kenyans. "I want to thank Raila Odinga, that we all dwelled on issues and tried to sell an agenda to the people of Kenya. I promise I will work with all elected leaders and all leaders so that we can fashion a country that leaves no one behind," Ruto said.

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The president-elect also hailed outgoing president Uhuru Kenya, for who he has worked as Deputy President, for “steering the country well” and promised to continue carrying forward the development of the country that they had started.  He said he was committed to building on the foundation that he and President Uhuru Kenyatta had laid under the Jubilee Government.

Ruto has commended the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) saying it conducted a free, fair and transparent election.   "I want to say that one Wafula Chabukati is our hero, soft-spoken but firm. We are very proud, without informing any of us, you put all the results from all polling stations on a public portal that any Kenyan could access, that was the game changer in this election.

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