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Regional leaders congratulate Ruto on presidential poll win

By Isaiah Gwengi - Aug 17th 2022

President-elect William Ruto receives certificate at Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi. [File, Standard]

African Heads of State and Prime Ministers have begun congratulating William Ruto on his presidential poll win in Kenya.

Ruto was Monday, August 15 declared the president-elect by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chair Wafula Chebukati at the Bomas of Kenya.

Several regional leaders have since congratulated Ruto on his win in the August 9 General Election, hoping to strengthen bilateral ties between Kenya and their respective countries.

 Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed

“My congratulations William Ruto on your election as the President of the Republic of Kenya. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors ahead and we look forward to working closely with you on common bilateral and regional interests.”

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa

“Congratulations to William Ruto on his election as the next President of Kenya. I have no doubt he will serve his country, his people, and our continent with distinction.”

Somalia President Hassan Mohamud

“President Hassan Mohamud congratulates President-Elect William Samoei Ruto of the Republic of Kenya, following his election victory. The President looks forward to working with Ruto toward stronger bilateral relations and closer cooperation between Somalia and Kenya.

Former Somalia President Mohamed Farmajo

“I wish to offer my most sincere congratulations to President-Elect of Kenya William Ruto and the people of Kenya following the successful conclusion of the elections. You truly ran an enriching, overpowering campaign and May God help you fulfill your vision for your country.

Ahmed Sheikh Mohamed, Jubaland

“Congratulations to the President-elect of the Republic of Kenya, William Ruto, on his victory in the recently concluded election. My best wishes to the people of Kenya for a peaceful and prosperous future.”

Tanzania President Samia Suluhu

“I congratulate the people of Kenya on their peaceful general election and the subsequent announcement of William Ruto as President-elect. We look forward to continuing working together with our brothers and sisters in Kenya to strengthen our historically close ties. Tuko pamoja.”

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni

“On behalf of all Ugandans, I congratulate your excellency William Ruto upon your election as the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya. Further to my telephone call last night upon your victory, I wish to reassure you of Uganda’s commitment to continue partnering with Kenya in advancing regional and continental agenda through the East African Community, African Union, and other multilateral platforms. Our bilateral cooperation will score tremendous achievements and I look forward to working more closely with you.”

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame

“On behalf of the Government and People of Rwanda, I congratulate the People of Kenya, for conducting peaceful elections on August 9, 2022. I also congratulate William Samoei Ruto, the President-Elect. The Government of Rwanda attaches great importance to the good relationship and cooperation between Kenya and Rwanda.”

Uganda Prime Minister Nabannja Robinah

“I Congratulate William Ruto upon being elected the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya and salute all Kenyans for peacefully exercising your democratic rights.”

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