Ruto woos church to back presidential bid
The vice president, Dr. William Ruto, has pledged to work closely with the church if elected president.
Citing Bible verses to show he is a reliable supporter and portraying his rivals as anti-religious, Dr Ruto pleaded with the church to help him win the August election. He spoke at ACK St James Cathedral to celebrate 38 years since Murang’a became a diocese. Dr Ruto told the people of Murang’a that the Jubilee government would not have increased its achievements without him or for the church.
He said his critics wanted churches regulated while others were angered by his cash donations to churches. “They should let me because even the Bible has verses that encourage generosity,” he said before embarking on a series of road rallies in Murang’a town, Kiharu and Kangema township. .
Using Proverbs 13:22 (A good person leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is stored for the righteous), Dr Ruto urged those who were disturbed by his generosity to read the Bible. “Even the money that people so evil have is the treasury of the righteous. Those who are in the forest should also bring their offering and tithe to the church,” he said.
In a veiled attack on President Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, who recently accused some church leaders of accepting stolen money from the public, Dr Ruto urged political leaders to leave the church out of their dirty Game.
His remarks also appeared to be directed at Mrs. Ida Odinga, who called for the dissolution and regulation of small churches. She then retracted her remarks and apologized.
ANC party leader Mr Musalia Mudavadi said the Kenya Kwanza administration will respect the integrity and sanctity of the church. “We can make jokes about anything, but we can’t blaspheme by referring to God,” he said.
Among the leaders who accompanied Ruto were Senator Murang’a, Mr. Irungu Kang’ata, MPs Mr. Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Mrs. Alice Wahome (Kandara), Mrs. Mary Waithira (Maragua), Mr. Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Mr. Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), and Mr. Patrick Wainaina (town of Thika). The female representatives Ms. Faith Gitau (Nyandarua) and Ms. Rahab Mukami; the former Governor of Kiambu, Mr. Ferdinand Waititu, also joined.
They thanked the ACK for opening their doors at a time when many religious leaders were looking over their shoulders before accepting politicians.
In Murang’a, Dr Ruto has rekindled Raila phobia in Mount Kenya by urging locals not to vote for a man credited with leading the masses to ‘uproot the railway line’. [Ndung’u Gachane]
“You know this kitendawili man well, he is still the man who rejects the results of the general elections and proceeds to the swearing-in,” Ruto said.
Ruto chastised Uhuru for supporting Raila calling him a forgetful and ungrateful man who trashed “my contributions to his success of defeating Raila in the 2013 and 2017 general elections”.
“Whoever helps you in distress is a friend and Uhuru should remember that I supported him in 2013 and 2017 and at least avoid the policy of succession and leave ‘Kitendawili’ to take care of him,” said Ruto said.
Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo claimed that as the president’s term was coming to an end, he had no moral authority to speak on behalf of the region.
“I am qualified to speak on behalf of Agikuyu and will campaign for Ruto in this region. I can promise him the majority of votes in this region but he must give us a piece of the national cake to complete our numerical strength,” said Kabogo.
Ruto’s lieutenants who spoke at Muranga said the damage done by Mt Kenya’s long-term distrust of a Raila presidency cannot be easily erased.
“We were told he was crazy by the same president who now wants us to vote for him, but we were never told when he was taken to the hospital and his condition was corrected,” posed the deputy of Maragua, Mary Waithira.