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Raila takes a dig at Ruto’s prayer routine

By Winnie Onyando February 22nd, 2023 2 min read

Azimio leader Raila Odinga now says President William Ruto’s public prayers are not genuine.

Speaking on February 22, 2023, at the Jevanjee grounds in Nairobi, ironically after a prayer meeting, Mr Odinga argued there is no need for President Ruto to walk in various churches calling God’s name yet they infringe people’s rights.

“Every Sunday they walk around in churches pretending to be praying yet they are hypocrites. They pray but we do not see change,” said Odinga.

In attendance was Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, Kalonzo Musyoka, former Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Narok Senator Ledama Olekina, among others.

President Ruto has been involved in a series of prayer meetings for the better of the past two years.

He started the prayers during the campaigns in the run-up to the August 2022 polls.

At one point he got emotional and wept during a joint prayer service at his official residence in Nairobi.

On September 25, 2022, Ruto asked 40 preachers to consecrate State House Nairobi a few days after hosting hundreds of congregants at State House for a thanksgiving, prayer service and lunch.

Dr Ruto said he was dedicating State House to God for “hoisting him to the presidency”.

He has intensified the prayer culture, attending various church services each Sunday accompanied by First Lady Mama Rachel Ruto, his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua and Cabinet Secretaries.

When he recently visited Narok, all county employees were ordered to attend his prayers

On Vlanetines Day, President Ruto, First Lady, Gachagua, and other dignitaries attended a prayer session at Nyayo Stadium to pray for the rains.

Ruto is also known to publicly quote and reading scriptures.

On the other hand, it is very rare to see Odinga holding the Holy Book. He is also known to consistently skip church services.

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