President-elect William Ruto has revealed that outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta has not congratulated him following his win in the 9th August general election.
In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday, 7th September Ruto said that maybe President Kenyatta was disappointed that his candidate Raila Odinga lost the election.
“Unfortunately, President Kenyatta has not seen it fit to congratulate me. Maybe he’s a bit disillusioned or maybe he’s unhappy that I defeated his candidate, but that is the nature of politics,” he said.
Ruto appreciated Uhuru’s decision to support Raila Odinga in the elections adding that he did not give him conditions to support his presidential bid.
“When I decided to support President Kenyatta for 10 years, I did not give him conditions to support me. He’s an adult and he can make decisions like all adults on who to choose. I appreciated when he decided to support somebody else. I did not take offence, although I had supported him in the past,” he added.
The President-elect, however, said he is ready to work with Raila in an arrangement that will see him perform his role as an opposition leader.
He also hinted at building alliances which according to him are aimed at uniting the country.
“I intend to scale up the participation of Kenya in many of the areas, especially in our regional peace initiatives, “he said.
“I will be available, I will play my part, I will scale up Kenya’s standing and contribution in that space so that together we can contribute to a better, a much more peaceful neighbourhood.”