President Uhuru Kenyatta has broken his silence hours after the country’s apex court upheld Kenya Kwanza leader William Ruto’s win and has asked Kenyans to stay vigilant, keeping various institutions in check.
In the seven-minute speech televised live from State House, the outgoing President however fails to mention the President-elect by name, and only gives his general congratulations to all the leaders elected to office.
Here is the full speech:
“Fellow Kenyans on the ninth of August of 2022 Kenyans participated in an election that ushered in new leaders at all levels of our governance realm following a dispute in the presidential election.
A petition was filed in our Supreme Court for the termination of validity of the results and the Supreme Court has today pronounced itself on this matter.
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 on the 15th of August 2022.
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 orders of this court to the letter process of handing over is in progress through the assumption of Office Committee, which actually has already begun its work as of August 10 2022.
And indeed it is my intention to oversee a smooth transition to the next administration and all the necessary orders to facilitate this process of all already been issued.
And because democracy is a work in progress I urge the country to respect the institutions that midwife are new leaders. And in doing so, I also urge citizens to constantly put them under scrutiny.
For this is the civic duty of every single Kenyan.
In particular, this civic duty requires every citizen to constantly put the truth presented by constitutional institutions to test and they must test them for coherence, but also for correspondence they must constantly scrutinise the coherence of the truth given by these institutions and to ask themselves whether the truth has been coherent from one election to another.
Has there been a consistent pattern that is acceptable to our democratic ethos? We must ask ourselves is it about numbers or is it about process which of these two is it? And can institutions rule one way in one election and another way in another election without scrutiny?
I do invite you Kenyans to keep vigil and indeed, to hold all institutions to account. The second thing we must place under scrutiny is whether the truth given by institutions has correspondence. That is, do the truths given by institutions correspond with what is observable by the citizen.
True beliefs and true judgments must correspond to the actual state of affairs.
But do our constitutional institutions meet this threshold? While we must appreciate these institutions, we must also hold them to account at every juncture and their truth has to be consistent and coherent.
This is the only way we will build our democracy.
I want to take this opportunity to thank every single Kenyan for holding a peaceful election. And for this I want to thank God and I want to thank our political parties.
But I also want to thank every single individual Kenyan for bringing us thus far. I want to wish well, all who have won as they guide our country into the future and I thank you all for the opportunity to serve.
And I say May God bless you all. And may God bless this great Republic of Kenya Asante.”