The outgoing Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, received cold reception at Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani.
There was no excitement when Kenyatta arrived at the venue to hand over power to his successor William Ruto.
Kenyatta and his deputy have had a frosty relationship after the former endorsed the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as his preferred successor.
However, Odinga lost in a highly contested poll that was challenged at the Supreme Court of Kenya.
While delivering his farewell speech on Monday, President Kenyatta congratulated Ruto, asking him to work for both those who voted and those who did not vote for him.
The congratulatory message came 29 days after Ruto was declared the winner of the hotly contested poll by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
"My entire family and I join all Kenyans in wishing the very best to our next President, Dr. William Samoei Ruto, and extend to him our warmest congratulations in receiving the mandate of Kenyans to lead us as our fifth President," he said.
"Mr. President-elect, as you walk the path to your inauguration and beyond, you will be the president of not just those who voted for you but for all Kenyans," he added.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.