NAIROBI, Kenya, September 6 – Kenyan embassies and high commissions have issued a joint statement congratulating President-elect William Ruto after the Supreme Court upheld his August 9 victory.
The statement was released by the embassies and high commissions of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands Bas, from Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
The envoys assured that they will work in coordination with the president-elect and his new administration.
“Following yesterday’s ruling by the Supreme Court of Kenya, we would like to congratulate Dr. William Samoei Ruto on being elected to serve the Republic of Kenya as the fifth President,” the joint statement read.
At the same time, they commended the conduct of the independent institutions during and after the elections, saying they behaved in the spirit of democracy, freedom and the rule of law.
“From peaceful campaigning and transparent counting to formal dispute resolution mechanisms followed and their verdicts respected, Kenya continues to show the world how to be a modern, democratic nation,” they said.
World leaders also praised Ruto following the Supreme Court’s verdict that settled a challenge filed by longtime opposition leader Raila Odinga who claimed his victory was stolen.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said America looks forward to working with the new government and deepening the longstanding partnership between the two nations for the benefit of Kenyans and Americans.
While commending Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga and other candidates for respecting the Supreme Court’s ruling, Blinken said transparent electoral processes and the peaceful settlement of disputes testify to the strength of democratic institutions. .
“The United States and Kenya share a strong, longstanding partnership based on a commitment to democracy, security, and economic prosperity. We look forward to strengthening this partnership with President Ruto and his new government,” Blinken said in a statement.
UK Africa Minister Vicky Ford, while congratulating the President-elect, said she looked forward to strengthening the strategic partnership between Britain and Kenya.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni telephoned Ruto after the verdict, saying he looked forward to working with him to strengthen our strategic partnership in advancing the EAC agenda.
Burundian President Variste Ndayishimiye also reiterated his congratulations to the elected president.
“Your leadership will be the cornerstone of strengthening our countries’ historic relations while promoting regional integration,” Ndayishimiye said.
The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki, while congratulating Ruto, also hailed the leadership of Azimio chief, Raila Odinga, for respecting the Supreme Court ruling.
The President also praised outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta for what he described as his strong and impactful leadership during his tenure.
“The President further wishes to commend the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission of Kenya and all national stakeholders for their collective efforts and exemplary conduct in bringing about peaceful elections until the final outcome of the electoral petition by the Court. Supreme Court of Kenya,” Faki said. said.
Faki said the AU will continue to support Kenya on its journey to deepen democracy, constitutionalism, good governance and sustainable development in the country.