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Raila’s worries pile up as yet another close ally congratulates William Ruto

by Joshua Wanga
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Barely a week after staunch Raila supporter and Tiaty MP William Kamket caused discomfort in the Azimio wing by congratulating William Ruto for his controversial win, another senior supporter of the former Prime Minister has also congratulated the president-elect.
Lawyer-cum-activist Brian Weke was speaking while making an appearance on Radio Jambo’s weekly political show Mazungumzo Wazi Wazi which was hosted by the station’s presenter Bramwell Mwololo. Alongside Weke in the studio were Jubilee Party nominated senator Isaac Mwaura, and self-confessed Hustler Movement representative Pastor Gerald Bitok. Amani National Congress party Nairobi Chapter Chairman Brian Mulama was also in on the action.
Weke confessed that up to the point where DP Ruto had been duly declared winner of the presidential contest by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati, he deserves to be congratulated.
The close associate of Suba North member of parliament Millie Odhiambo however quickly added that despite his congratulatory message to president-elect William Ruto, the declaration of his win wasn’t final. Using the analogy of a football game, he explained that Chebukati’s declaration is like a goal which has been allowed, but the case at the Supreme Court is like the Video Assisted Referee, VAR, which will conclude and finalise the issue once and for all.
The Deputy President William Ruto was declared winner of Kenya’s hard-fought presidential poll but the announcement was mired in controversy after several members of the election commission rejected the results.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati said Ruto had won almost 7.18 million votes (50.49 percent) in the August 9 vote, against 6.94 million (48.85 percent) for his rival Raila Odinga.
“In accordance with the law, I… hereby declare that Ruto William Samoei has been duly elected as the president.”
After the results were announced, he vowed to work with “all leaders” in Kenya.
“There is no room for vengeance,” Ruto said, adding: “I am acutely aware that our country is at a stage where we need all hands on deck.”
All this is compounded by a seemingly hostile president who doesn’t seem interested in an amicable handover to his deputy. William Ruto, in an earlier press briefing, revealed that the president had been yet to call and congratulate him.

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