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Ruto mourns priest he awarded a car

October 28th, 2021 1 min read

Deputy President William Ruto has mourned the passing on of Shem Shamalla, the High Priest of the African Church of the Holy Spirit.

In a post on his social media on Thursday, the DP  eulogized Shamalla as a faith leader with steadfast religious credence.

The DP further added that the deceased’s sermons were powerful, enriching, and educative.


Shamalla, 84, died on Wednesday morning, October 27, at his Malava home in Kakamega County after a short illness.

The deceased hogged media headlines on September 18, 2021, when the DP toured his region during one of his political rallies gifted him a car

Before he was gifted, the church members had pleaded with Ruto, saying their High Priest was “always hiking rides on bodabodas”,

He was the fifth High Priest of the church which started in 1927 and has a majority of its following in Kakamega.

Shamalla will be buried on October 30 but until then his body will be preserved at home according to the church’s doctrines.