Gospel singer Reuben Kigame says President Ruto's gov't overdoing religion

for Tv47 Digital September 15, 2022, 12:52 PM
Kigame: President William Ruto is overdoing religion.
From left to right: First Lady Rachel Ruto, President William Ruto, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Second Lady Dorcas Rigathi kneeling in prayers at Kasarani Stadium on September 13, 2022.

President William Ruto's government is overdoing religion, this is according to former presidential candidate Reuben Kigame.

Kigame - a clergy himself - says that while he acknowledges the hand of God in bringing the nation this far, President Ruto should rule Kenyans according to the dictates of Article 27 of the Constitution.

"During the inauguration, the evangelical wing of the church was overrepresented. this was unnecessary. I do not know what the transition committee intended to prove to Kenya and the watching world," Kigame tweeted on Thursday, September 15 morning.

"I am a committed Christian who believes in prayer and believe God has helped us this far and Will continue to trust Him for the future of Kenya, but I hope that issues such as lowering food prices will not be met with State house saying, 'let’s pray about it.'"

The gospel singer also says that the church should aspire to play the "neutral, prophetic and truthful" role in order to provide a true spiritual direction for the country.

"It [the church] should congratulate the king but also be prepared to tell the king that he is naked should he be," he concluded.

President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua - flanked by their spouses - kneel to be prayed for by the clergy during their swearing in ceremony at Kasarani Stadium on September 13, 2022. Gospel singer Reuben Kigame is worried that President Ruto's administration is overdoing religion. PHOTO | COURTESY

'It's God's win'

Soon after they were declared winners of the August 9 presidential election, Ruto and Gachagua were quick to point out that they were able to win because of God.

"I want to thank God that today we have concluded this election. I know that there were predictions that I would not get to the ballot, there were predictions that we wouldn't get here but because of God we are here," Ruto said in his opening remarks.

Ruto's campaigns - which started close to four years ago - were hinged on religion, visiting churches every Sunday and making enormous contributions.

At some point, Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition leaders and supporters accused Ruto's Kenya Kwanza Alliance of claiming God to be theirs alone.

Kigame's woes

Kigame was one of the 40 independent candidates that were eying the presidency in the August 9 2022 General Election.

However, his dream was short-lived after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) blocked him from the ballot for failing to attain the required threshold.

IEBC ended up clearing only four candidates to run for the presidency.

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