Why President Uhuru Kenyatta is yet to congratulate Ruto: Ogolla

It has been four days after IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati announced UDA Presidential candidate, William Ruto, as the fifth president-elect. Leaders from Africa and beyond, the latest one being Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, have sent congratulatory messages and yet Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is still mum and hasn’t acknowledged Ruto’s win.

Constitutional lawyer Steve Ogolla explains that this might not be out of spite since he is the chairman of Azimio-One Kenya Coalition Party and his presidential candidate is contesting the result of the election that his estranged deputy president won. Speaking to congratulate Ruto could be interpreted by the electorate as Uhuru being content with the result of the election.

However, Mr Agolla added that if Uhuru speaks as Kenya’s president as opposed to Azimio’s chairman, it won’t harm Raila’s challenge to the election result.

“He could say – at this advanced stage, the commission has made a declaration of the president-elect, I join them in congratulating him but this does not mean endorsement as finality – and create a balance, so that he doesn’t put Raila Odinga politically embarrassing situation. But also he cannot overprotect Raila to the extent that he compromises the tranquillity and cohesion in the country” – Mr Ogolla opined.

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