We will now give billions to Church, declares Ruto

Monday, July 12th, 2021 00:00 |
Deputy President William Ruto with Bishop Erick Mwangi and other leaders when he attended a church service at the New Breed City Chapel in Kiambu yesterday. Photo/DPPS

Anthony Mwangi and Felix Yegon

Deputy President William Ruto yesterday told off his critics on church donations, stating that would not stop the practice but instead look forward to dishing out billions of shillings.

Ruto said it has taken the hand of God for him to achieve what he has and therefore he would not slow down on his contributions to the church.

“We are looking forward to the day when we will not be taking thousands or millions but billions of shillings to church,” Ruto told a congregation at a Kiambu church.

“We did not have godfathers, we only had God the Father. Please understand us and allow us to worship God the way we feel we should,” he told the cheering congregants.

Opposition chief Raila Odinga has repeatedly chided Ruto for using churches to “launder” his alleged ill-gotten wealth.

According to Raila, the DP uses stolen money to coerce and “bribe” some churches to invite him to advance his political ambition.

Raila claims that Ruto’s funds-drives are a major corruption scheme that church leaders should not entertain.

“He asks the church to invite him by using the same money he gives those churches for harambees. Not that the church invites him willingly,” Raila alleged recently.

Speaking yesterday at the New Breed City Chapel in Kiambu, the DP said he has been accused of many things and some people do not like the way he worships.

“Some have a problem about how often we go to church while others have accused us of carrying money to church but we will not stop,” Ruto maintained.

The DP said he was giving to the church to reciprocate what God has done for him, adding that were it not for God he would not be where he is today.

He asked his critics to allow him to worship God the way he feels right, saying as a Christian he understands the need to give.  

“We did not have godfathers. We only had God the father. Please understand us and allow us to worship God the way we feel we should,” said the DP.

Other ways

Raila’s ODM party, through its chairman John Mbadi, has since sponsored a motion in Parliament seeking to limit church donations. The Bill is still at its first reading.

The Bill by the Minority Leader seeks to limit harambee donations to Sh100,000.

Mbadi wants the Public Officer Ethics Act amended and contributors to harambees asked to declare to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission the source of the funds.

MPs who accompanied Ruto said they were behind him in building churches and called on his critics to look for other ways of attacking him.

Lawmakers included Alice Wahome (Kandara), Nixon Korir (Langata), George Theuri (Embakasi West), Benjamin Mwangi (Embakasi Central), Mwangi Gakuya (Embakasi North), Millicent Omanga (Nominated Senator) and former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru.

Elsewhere, Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader Isaac Ruto has expressed optimism that the Deputy President will be elected to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in the next General Election.

The CCM leader said Ruto’s current political overtures of seeking to unite all leaders while bringing together all communities had proven successful hence giving him an upper hand compared to his competitors.

Speaking in Chepalungu on Saturday, the former Bomet governor used the opportunity to warn local politicians aspiring for various seats against relying on endorsements from the DP.

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