Evangelist-cum-politician Reuben Kigame has called out President William Ruto’s administration for “overdoing religion.”
Kigame argued there was evangelical overrepresentation during Ruto’s inauguration, saying the presidency should observe Article 27 of the Constitution.
“I know I will be bashed but I need to be truthful and accountable to the nation. I think the Ruto administration is overdoing religion. While we acknowledge the hand of God in bringing us this far, the presidency must observe Article 27 of the constitution,” he said.
According to Kigame, the evangelical wing of the church was overrepresented during Ruto’s inauguration.
“…this was unnecessary. I do not know what the transition committee intended to prove to Kenya and the watching world,” he added.
“I am a committed Christian who believes in prayer and believes 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 the State House saying, “let’s pray about it,“ he added.
He said he believes the church should play a neutral and balanced role underpinned by the truth in order to provide a true spiritual direction for the country.
“It should congratulate the king but also be prepared to tell the king that he is naked should he be,” Kigame said.
Ruto’s religion has played a key role in his election victory and it is likely that he will put it at the centre-stage while in office.
The newly sworn-in President is not shy of publicly professing his faith and has been vocal on issues like gay rights and abortion.
Ruto is fond of quoting the scripture, praying and even sobbing in public. During the campaign, his opponents mocked him as “deputy Jesus”.
Despite Ruto’s strong Christian belief, he plans to be the leader of people from all faiths since he also enjoys the support of many Muslims.