Editor's Review

President elect William Ruto has disclosed that he called Raila Odinga on Monday. 

President-elect William Ruto on Monday, August 15, disclosed that he called former Prime Minister Raila Odinga before the presidential results were announced. 

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati declared Ruto the President-elect after he garnered 7,176,141 million votes which is 50.49% nationally against his arch-rival Raila Odinga who got 6,942,930 votes 48.85%. 

Immediately after the announcement by Mr. Chebukati, Ruto mentioned that he talked to Odinga on Monday morning stating that they agreed to have a conversation irrespective of the outcome. 

"Maybe I should disclose that this morning I called my opponent, Raila Odinga and we agreed regardless of the outcome of the elections, we should have a conversation. 

"He had offered in his statement in Kasarani that he would be available for a handshake and I said that I will be available for us to have a cup of tea because there are areas we can agree on moving the country forward," the President-elect stated. 

President elect William Ruto with his deputy Rigathi Gachagua

At the same time, Ruto noted that he had not yet spoken to President Uhuru Kenyatta but added that they would have a conversation. 

"I'm sure there'll be a conversation because now I am the President elect. There has to be a transition," he said.

On the other hand, Former Prime Minister Odinga is yet to comment or issue a statement after the results were announced by Chebukati.