Ruto says he's determined to make Kenya a God-fearing state
Published on: March 19, 2023 06:09 (EAT)
First Lady Rachel Ruto (L) and President William Ruto (R) during a prayer service at State House, Nairobi, on September 25, 2022. | PHOTO: PCS
President William Ruto said on Sunday he will work with members
of the clergy and other religious leaders to make sure Kenya is a God-fearing
“I assure bishops and all other religious leaders that this will
be a government that respects all religions and we will work with all church
leaders and those from other religions to make sure Kenya is a God-fearing nation,”
he told the congregation at an interdenominational service in Kapsabet,
The Head of State told clergymen in attendance
that Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has already set up a committee that
will engage them to ensure religious-affiliated institutions are run effectively.
“Every institution affiliated with religious bodies work with
the government to determine who leads them. We will ensure you occupy a place
of prestige in that regard,” he said.
of religion in President Ruto’s administration has caused debate since
he took over from his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta, who notably avoided speaking a lot about the matter.
Some religious leaders, among them All Saints
Cathedral Provost Sammy
Wainaina, have criticised the Kenya Kwanza administration for what they
see as praying for Kenyans instead of actually serving them.
President Ruto’s, who says he was prayed into victory last year, held a
National Prayer Day event at the Nyayo Stadium on February 14 in an effort to ask for God’s intervention in
bringing rain and blessings to the country.
After the event, First
Lady Rachel Ruto, herself another ‘prayer warrior’, told farmers
across the nation to till their farms before the onset of rains, which she
assured were around the corner.
Mrs Ruto said God had
heard the nation's cries and that the situation was about to change in no time,
and even referred to the scattered afternoon clouds saying it was a sign of the answered prayers.
Second Lady Dorcas Rigathi has also been
hope to Kenyans amid the biting drought, saying “as
a pastor, I know there is God who will intervene and
'Church comes back to the centre of Kenyan politics'
At the same time, the president has held a
number of interdenominational prayer sessions ever since he ascended to the
presidency, drawing criticism from a section of Kenyans who feel that
the church should remain independent and separate from political affairs.
But while his critics
say he is sidelining non-Christian Kenyans, President Ruto maintains that
through his activities, the church has finally rediscovered its place in the
country's political scene after a long time.
Ruto argues that the
church has for the longest time taken a back seat in the country's political
affairs, but that the clergy is slowly making a comeback.
wengi waliodunisha neno la Mungu wakakejeli kanisa la Mungu, wakajifanya ati
kuna Deep State mpaka kanisa ikaanza kuogopa, but today I am happy that the
church has come back to the centre of Kenyan politics,” he told the crowd
during last month's prayer rally.