Kenya has a new president. His name, William Ruto (55). The victory of the outgoing vice-president was confirmed on Monday, September 5, 2022, by the country’s Supreme Court. “It’s a unanimous decision. The appeals are hereby dismissed. Accordingly, we declare the first respondent (William Ruto) president-elect,” Supreme Court President Martha Koome said.
This announcement comes in a context of suspicions of fraud mentioned by his opponent Raila Odinga (77), a major figure in the politics of this East African country, supported by the outgoing President, Uhuru Kenyatta, after the proclamation of provisional results by the Electoral Commission (IEBC). Said entity had announced, on August 15, 2022, Ruto’s victory, a week after the poll was held, with 50.49% of the vote, against 48.85% for Odinga. This announcement was marked in particular by the reaction of four of the seven members of the IEBC who had disputed these figures, even going so far as to accuse their president Wafula Chebukati of having engaged in an “opaque” process.
Odinga, who thus suffered his fifth defeat in the presidential election, should, except for great surprise, accept this decision of the highest Kenyan court, renowned for its independence, especially since the two camps had promised to respect its verdict. As for William Ruto, the lucky one, he will be sworn in on September 13 to preside over the destinies of Kenya. He will thus become the fifth president in the country’s history since gaining independence in 1963.
King Mohammed VI sent him a message of congratulations wishing him “full success in the exercise of [ses] high office”. The Sovereign also told him that Morocco “is careful to open a new page in its relations with the Republic of Kenya, based on fruitful cooperation, active solidarity and mutual respect, so as to serve the supreme interests of the two peoples. and contribute to the prosperity and development of the African continent”.