William Ruto Says He’s Discipled Many Politicians to Go to Church: “Nimewahubiria”

Deputy President William Ruto has defended his huge monetary donations to the churches.

Ruto said he would continue to support church projects whenever he is called upon to facilitate in whichever way he can. Speaking during a fundraising drive in support of Awendo SDA Church on Saturday, September 23, the deputy president claimed he preached to some of his critics who have since inched closer to God.

“I have been blamed by so many people because they see me in some of these church projects. But, that has helped a lot. Don’t you see everyone is going to church these days? We are all looking for the kingdom of God. We shall be doomed if we get lost in this world,” he told the congregation.

Recently, Ruto sarcastically asked ODM leader Raila Odinga to join the course of donating money to churches. While noting that Raila has been attending church services in the recent past, he said the Opposition leader should also help raise money for the church. “Now that you are going to church, who do you think build that building? You should be thanking us for building the church that you are now attending,” he said in a thinly-veiled attack to the former premier.

Raila questions Ruto’s wealth Contributions to churches by the deputy president have become a major political discourse with some leaders linking his huge spending to runaway corruption and other illegal proceeds. Raila is on record questioning the source of Ruto’s huge contributions to churches and other religious institutions.

“We know what the president and his deputy earn just like other civil servants. Vimal Shah and Manu Chandaria don’t give out such crazy amount,” Raila fired a salvo in 2019.

Raila meets Akorino Meanwhile, the Akorino church declared its full support for the ODM leader ahead of the 2022 General Election. On Saturday, September 25, the former prime minister held a meeting with members of the church drawn from different parts of the country. ‘ ‘We support Raila’s 2022 presidential bid. It is time to seek forgiveness and find a common ground as we move forward,” said one of the Akorino leaders.

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