Deputy President William Ruto was declared President-Elect, beginning the necessary process for taking office.
Ruto defeated Azimio La Umoja’s Raila Odinga, Roots Party’s George Wajackoyah, and Agano Party’s Waihiga Mwaure to win the 2022 presidential race.
The victory of Ruto, who was vying for a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket, was the culmination of a long campaign period in the country. Ruto assembled a series of strategies in the hotly contested campaigns.
He deployed point men in strategic locations that helped him beat up Raila.
Directors of DP William Ruto and Kenya Kwanza Moses Wetangula, Musalia Mudavadi and Governor Alfred Mutua during a meeting at his official residence in Nairobi on May 9, 2022
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has received accolades from various quarters for his role in Kenya Kwanza’s performance. The Ford Kenya party leader rallied Bungoma County voters to support Ruto’s presidential candidacy.
Although the district voted for Ruto’s main opponent in the past, Ruto received the majority of votes in the district with 255,906 votes, while his rival Raila Odinga received 145,280 votes.
The votes Ruto received in the county were the highest in the entire western region, proving the important role played by Wetangula.
In addition to the votes Ruto received, Wetangula’s party also won the governor and senator for Bungoma County.
Wetangula successfully defended his Senate seat after the rally 286,143 votes, while former Senate speaker Ken Lusaka won the governor’s seat in the Aug. 9 election.
In addition, Ford Kenya won parliamentary seats in Tongaren, Kanduyi, Webuye East and Kanduyi constituencies, increasing Kenya Kwanza’s representation in the National Assembly.
the previous Nyaribari Masaba MP was among the foot soldiers who led Ruto’s campaigns in the Nyamira and Kisii districts of South Nyanza.
Although Machogu and his compatriots from the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) lost their candidacy for governor, they delivered a basket with 135,326 votes from Kisii County.
Neighboring Nyamira County also delivered 78,356 votes to bolster Ruto’s much-needed number in the elections.
President-elect William Ruto and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua present the Bomas of Kenya with his certificate on Monday, August 15, 2022.
Other leaders who have faced charges for Ruto’s campaigns in the region include outgoing Lieutenant Governor Joash Maangi and South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro. UDA bagged those too Parliament seats Nyaribari Chache, Bmachoge Burabu and Kitutu Chache North from Kisii County.
The leader of the Orange Democratic Movement, Raila Odinga, received massive support from Mombasa County in the last general election.
Raila has been dominating coastal politics since the famous Pentagon in 2007, when Tourism Cabinet Minister Najib Balala led ODM charges in Mombasa.
However, Ruto received 113,700 votes, accounting for 41 percent of the county vote. In addition, Nyali MP Mohammed Ali alias Jicho Pevu defended his seat on a UDA ticket, increasing the number of UDAs in Parliament.
Deputy President-elect Rigathi Gachagua is also among the leaders who played a crucial role in the run-up to Kenya Kwanza’s victory.
After the dispute with President Uhuru Kenyatta, the promise to have Ruto as the desired successor was withdrawn.
Uhuru instead supported his rival Raila Odinga, risking depriving Ruto of the vote-rich region’s support.
However, with the entry of Gachagua as DP Ruto’s running mate, Kenya Kwanza managed to consolidate strong support from the vote-rich region.
In total, Ruto received 2.9 million votes from the 10 districts of the Mount Kenya region. The outgoing Vice President received over 80% of the votes from Murang’a, Nyeri and Kirinyaga counties.
Additionally, Ruto’s UDA captured majority seats in the 10 districts, overshadowing the President Uhuru-led Jubilee Party that used to dominate Mount Kenya politics.
William Ruto on the left holds his certificate with Rigathi Gachagua on the right accompanied by other Kenyan Kwanza leaders at Bomas of Kenya on August 15, 2022