Kenyans not convinced Ruto is God fearing -

Kenyans not convinced Ruto is God fearing

According to a recent survey conducted by Infotrak, only 5% of Kenyans believe that President William Ruto is a God-fearing and religious man, despite his consistent use of biblical quotes, regular church attendance, and visible display of a Bible. President Ruto’s close association with the church began in earnest in 2017, during his bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta. He frequently visited churches in Central Kenya, where he made donations to youth and women’s groups and addressed the congregation alongside his political allies. However, President Ruto faced criticism for his frequent visits to the church and donations, which he defended, saying that he would not stop.

Since winning the presidential election in August 2022, President Ruto has intensified his relationship with the church, attending thanksgiving prayers across the country alongside Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.

However, after these services, President Ruto and his allies have continued to criticize their political opponents, particularly Raila Odinga and former President Uhuru Kenyatta, accusing them of causing economic instability and government destabilization through demonstrations and corruption. First Lady Rachel Ruto has also emphasized the importance of the church in the government, using “faith diplomacy” to empower Kenyan women and holding meetings with religious leaders at State House.

President Ruto and the first lady have even held prayers to cleanse State House and bring rain to the country. Despite these efforts, however, the majority of Kenyans remain unconvinced of President Ruto’s religiosity.