Deputy President William Ruto, who has been declared the president-elect by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chair Wafula Chebukati, has assured the media that he will involve them in his administration, despite the fact that some media outlets displayed bias during the campaign.
Ruto stated that he is willing to cooperate with the media during his first television interview on Monday, August 15 at his Karen residence and that he recognizes the media's role in the country's welfare.
I wish to engage you as media outlets in the future because I believe in media freedom and that you play an important role. When I criticize you, it is because I have faith in the media and want you to do what is right. "
We do not criticize the media because we disagree with them; rather, we want them to be objective. "Tell us when we make a mistake, and do the same for our competitors; provide equitable coverage," he urged.
He went on to say that, after his protest, the media council verified that he was receiving less credit than his adversary, Raila Odinga of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance, but that, as a result of his comments, the media had improved its coverage of all political parties equally.
Chebukati announced the results in the Bomas of Kenya, stating that Ruto had garnered 7,176,141 votes to Raila's 6,942,949 votes.
In his victory address, the head of the United Democratic Alliance, UDA, informed all Kenyans that he would fulfill his campaign promises, adding that he was willing to work with everyone to ensure the country's advancement.
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