The presidential results announced by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati appear to have widened the rift between President-elect William Ruto and Raila Odinga.
Raila, who was seeking to succeed outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta on an Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party, faced stiff competition from William Ruto who was running on a UDA party ticket under the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
While leaders allied to the Kenya Kwanza Alliance grouping met to plan on how to challenge William Ruto’s presidential win, Tiaty MP-elect William Kamket came out to congratulate the fifth president-elect much to the disappointment of Raila Odinga.
While likening the presidential contest to a marathon, Kamket, a fierce critic of Ruto said there was no way Raila could run against a Kalenjin and expect to win.
In what appeared like the only KANU-elect legislator in Baringo County had ignored Raila, Kamket said the former Eldoret North MP had worked hard and that he deserved the win.
“Congratulations to President-elect William Samoei Ruto. This election was a marathon. No one can run against a Kalenjin man in a marathon and expect to win. Hard work pays,” said Kamket.
This came even as the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party hinted at using all other legal and constitutional redresses to challenge William Ruto’s win.
But in a report by the Daily Nation on Wednesday, August 17, Kamket, through his social media pages said Ruto had won and urged his community to accept the IEBC verdict, effectively dismissing the position taken by Raila Odinga’s camp to dispute the presidential results.
“To all Pokot Nation, the President of Kenya is William Ruto. The people have spoken, and I also affirm. We should accept,” he said in what many insinuated that the MP could be shifting his political allegiance to the President-elect.