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WATCH: Ruto, Gachagua struggle with muslim prayer gestures

President William Ruto, his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua, and National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula understandably appeared well off the pace while attending a recent Muslim prayer session.

The three senior politicians, who are Christians, had elected to worship with Muslims for Iftar following an invite by the Eastleigh Business District Association.

In the event at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) on April 11, 2023, the three politicians, despite donning Islam attire, appeared to struggle and at some point were not sure which hand to be on top of the other during the prayers.

In the photos taken at the event, President Ruto who is barefooted is seen placing his left hand on top of the right.

The DP is, meanwhile, seen clenching his palms.

Wetangula is also spotted clenching his palms but now with the left hand on top.

The Islam prayer module indicates the right hand should be on top during prayers as it is the one that remains active.

“The right hand should be on top of the left. This is because it’s the active hand. In case of an emergency or you’re coughing, you can easily use the hand,” confirmed Juma Namlola, chairman of Muslim Media Practitioners in Kenya.

The three politicians were also spotted struggling to keep up with the prayer session interactions.

Kenyan politicians have been accused of frequenting places of worship for political value rather than seek prayers.

This has been apparent after most of them chose church sessions as places to advance their political agenda, and at times even use not so civilised talk to hit out at their political opponents.

On this event, the DP

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