Yesterday, when Wafula Chebukati, the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), proclaimed William Ruto the winner of the election, he made history.
This comes after he became president of Kenya on his first try, an unprecedented feat.
Ruto, who was running for the highest position in the country for the first time on the platform of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party, defeated the “deep state” and the “system” to win with 7,176, 141 votes ( 50.49 percent of the total votes cast in the Tuesday, August 9, General Election)
Raila Odinga of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party, who was his closest rival, received 6, 942,930 votes (or 48.85 percent) to finish in second place.
The former Prime Minister, who was President Uhuru Kenyatta’s favoured candidate, was vying for a record fifth time.
The vice president thanked God and the millions of Kenyans who supported his first presidential campaign in his victory speech.
“I want to thank God that this election is over today. I’m aware that there were forecasts that I wouldn’t arrive here, but thanks to God in heaven, we are,” stated Ruto.
This occurs even as several IEBC commissioners questioned the validity of the outcomes declared by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.