Uhuru speaks after Supreme Court judgement, assures smooth transition

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 5 Sep, 2022 20:01 | 2 mins read
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday officially opened the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) National Forensic Laboratory. PHOTO/Twitter
President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO/File

Outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, September 5, 2022, assured the nation of a smooth transition as he prepares to proceed on retirement next week.

Reacting to the Supreme Court judgment upholding William Ruto's election as the country's fifth president, Uhuru affirmed that he will hand over power to the incoming administration peacefully.

"When I was sworn in as your president I made a pledge to the country. A pledge to uphold the rule of law and the decisions made by the Judiciary on all matters pertaining to our governance. Today, the Supreme Court made a ruling on the presidential dispute.

"Upholding the results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on the 15th of August 2022, and in keeping to the pledge that I made to uphold the rule of law when I took the oath of office I commit to executing the order of this court to the letter," Uhuru said in a recorded speech.

He noted that the process of handing over to the next administration is in progress through the Assumption of Office Committee, which began its duties on August 10.

"It's my intention to oversee a smooth transition to the next administration and all the necessary orders to facilitate this process have already been issued," Uhuru stated adding that he wishes Ruto well as he prepares to assume the highest office in the land.

Uhuru urges Kenyans to scrutinize independent institutions

While urging citizens to respect independent institutions, the President also called on the members of the public to constantly put the institutions under scrutiny.

"This civic duty requires every citizen to constantly put the truth presented by our constitutional institutions to test. They must test them for coherence but also for correspondence. They must constantly scrutinize the coherence of truths given by these institutions and ask themselves whether the truth has been coherent from one election to another," he said in a veiled attack on the Judiciary.

"Has there been a consistent pattern that is acceptable to our democratic ethos? We must ask ourselves is it about the numbers or is it about the process. Which of these two is it? And can our institutions rule one way in another election and another in another election without scrutiny?"

Earlier, a seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court dismissed Raila Odinga's petition challenging Ruto's election, insisting that the Kenya Kwanza Alliance flag bearer was validly elected.

Uhuru supported Raila's bid in the August 9 polls following his acrimonious fallout with Ruto, who has been his deputy for 10 years.

The Jubilee party duo suffered a strained relationship in their second term following the President's handshake with the long-serving opposition leader.

Earlier, Ruto said he had not talked with the President in months.

Speaking at his Karen residence where he welcomed the Supreme Court ruling, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party leader said he hopes the transition will be smooth.

"I haven’t talked to Uhuru Kenyatta in months but shortly I will call him so that we can have a conversation on the process of transition. I know he worked hard in his own way but the people of Kenya have made a decision," Ruto stated.

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