Deputy President William Ruto has weighed in on the heated debate on the church and politics in the country.
On Tuesday, Anglican Church 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.
In a post on micro-blogging site Twitter on Wednesday, the DP affirmed that his faith comes first before other earthly titles.
“Since Sunday school we learned to kneel before and worship GOD that’s the ONLY reason we stand before men,” DP Ruto said in a tweet.
He stated that he’ll continue to serve God, adding that he remains unapologetic.
“We will continue to worship JEHOVAH with our hearts and substance. We are unashamed of our God & unapologetic of our faith. We are Christians first other title after, ” the DP added.
Since Sunday school we learned to kneel before and worship GOD that's the ONLY reason we stand before men. We will continue to worship JEHOVAH with our hearts and substance. We are unashamed of our God & unapologetic of our faith. We are Christians first other title after.
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) April 24, 2019
Speaking on Tuesday, Archbishop Sapit affirmed that going forward the ACK church will not hold fund drives in its sanctuaries across the country.
The sentiments have been shared before by opposition leader Raila Odinga and his allies.
However, the critics have always avoided mentioning names. But the whole discussion has always been linked to DP Ruto’s constant church donations in the country.
This comes in the wake of churches facing backlash for entertaining politics during services and receiving alleged proceeds from corruption during fundraisers.
Read: ACK Church Bans Church Harambees In Bid To ‘Curb Corruption’
Last week, the Catholic Church 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.
However, some clerics have maintained that there is no clear mechanism to distinguish “clean” money and money gotten from corruption scandals.
During the weekend, Bishop Githere of the ACK Mt Kenya Central diocese said the church will continue receiving the funds labeled proceeds of corruption until the courts declare such leaders corrupt.
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