Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday honored a fund-raiser invite by an Akorino Church in Molo amid rage by a section of the clergy over politicians’ donations in the country.
Reports indicate the DP donated Sh1.5 million towards building of the Israel Assemblies of God Church while President Uhuru Kenyatta offered Sh1 million for the project.
Affirming his passion for God’s work, Ruto vowed to continue visiting churches across the country.
“Even if satan jumps up and down and lashes at us, that will not prevent the gospel from being spread. I am unmoved and set to visit more churches,” said DP Ruto.
The Akorino church urged the DP to develop a thick skin to critics, further, lashing out on the members of the clergy opposed to church fund-raisers.
“You are not the first leader to be fought for showing support for good projects in the community. Many have also trod the same part. I have been to your place and I cant testify that you have a massive poultry farm. I am sure it is able to give you KSh 16 million every month,” said a member of the clergy.
DP Ruto is among the leaders who have been criticized over their ‘generosity’ to churches, with some alleging that the funds are proceeds of corruption.
This comes in the wake of churches facing backlash for entertaining politics during services and receiving alleged proceeds from corruption during fundraisers.
The Anglican Church recently banned fundraisers in its sanctuaries across the country.
Speaking on Tuesday, ACK Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit sharply criticized politicians engaging in fund donations across the country, saying some of the leaders were using the pulpit to sanitize their ill gotten money.
Two weeks ago, the Catholic Church also resolved to block politicians from its pulpit.
“We met recently as Catholic Bishops and passed a resolution that we should not allow politicians to interfere with our congregations or to bring politics in our churches. We would like our politicians to understand that we don’t want to mix issues. Let us leave politics where it belongs and the church where it belongs,” Bishop Kamau said.
Some Churches have however, affirmed that their churches won’t bar politicians from serving God through their offerings.
On Thursday, the Good News Church of Africa (GNCA) said none of its branches across the country will be barred from accepting donations from people presumed to be corrupt.
GNCA Bishop Raphael Kituva argues that the individuals should also be given a chance to bring their tithes to God, adding that there is no clear mechanism to differentiate between a good and a bad person.