President Uhuru Kenyatta has denounced religious leaders who accept bribes from politicians, a clear allusion to his Deputy William Ruto, who is notorious for accepting such gifts without remorse.
Kenyatta claimed such politicians will suffer in hell while speaking in his Mt Kenya backyard at Sagana State Lodge.
“Some of church leaders have been compromised by huge donations donated by corrupt leaders, I want to say that you should know that it is wrong to lie through the bible and you are heading to Jahannam,” he said in an apparent reference to his deputy.
“The money you are receiving is the same money that was to build dams in Elgeyo Marakwet so that God’s children can get water,” he added.
Kenyatta addressed the public for the first time about why he chose to greet Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition, and refuted claims that he kept his deputy in the dark.
Kenyatta said Kenya was stopped and all he cared about was peace while speaking in his native Kikuyu at the Sagana State Lodge.
He also stated that he is willing to hand over power to Odinga as his preferred successor since he can manage the economy.
“The person I will hand power to and you all know him and you have been mentioning his name, will inherit 13 trillion economy from me yet I inherited a 5 trillion economy from Kibaki. Then someone out there says I have done nothing. I cannot risk handing over to someone who will not take care of this economy and I am saying it here without fear. I will hand over to that person, the one that you all know,” Kenyatta said.
He told the meeting that he briefed Ruto on his planned handshake with Raila even before he did it.
“I briefed him until the last minute when I was going to greet my friend,” Kenyatta said at the Sagana III meeting on Wednesday, where he castigated his Deputy for lying to Kenyans.
“It was all about peace,” Kenyatta told a cheering crowd in his Mt Kenya backyard.
“He was of course opposed to it (handshake) because he knows he has government security but what about the common man down there, that is the person I was mindful about because the country was literally stalled, we all wanted peace.”