Kenya elections 2022 results: William Ruto wins with 50.49%. William Ruto was declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election by a razor-thin margin after seeing off a challenge from five-time contender Raila Odinga, whose campaign officials and supporters rejected the official results.
The chairman of the Kenya Electoral Commission on Monday declared William Ruto the winner of the presidential election against Raila Odinga, after six days of waiting and the rejection of the results by part of this independent body. Wafula Chebukati announced that incumbent Vice President William Ruto had obtained more than 7.17 million votes, or 50.49% of the vote, against 6.94 million, or 48.85% for Raila Odinga, winning one of the tightest elections in the country’s history.
“No room for revenge”
In a country historically marked by tribal tensions, he is the second member of the Kalenjin ethnic group to be elected head of state after Daniel Arap Moi (1978-2002) since independence in 1963. He succeeds Uhuru Kenyatta, a Kikuyu. “I will work with all” political leaders, in a “transparent, open and democratic” country, immediately assured William Ruto in a televised speech.
“There is no room for revenge,” he continued, saying he was “fully aware” that Kenya “is at a stage where we need everyone on deck”. In Eldoret, the stronghold of William Ruto, a crowd of several thousand let their joy burst out, some even forgetting to listen to the speech of their leader, singing or saying prayers with their eyes fixed on the sky, while motorcycle taxis blared their horns through the city.