Following in Ruto’s Footsteps? Kenyans React to Raila’s Sunday Function

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For over a long period of time, Deputy President William Ruto has been considered one of the most religious leaders in the country with his Sunday church meetings seemingly causing ‘discomforts’ among top government organs.

Ruto, who has succeeded in branding himself as a religious hustler, has over a number of times used his Sunday meetings to popularize his 2022 presidential bid.

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Raila during a Sunday service at St Michaels and All Angels Cathedral in Bondo. Photo/Courtesy

The trick now seems to have diffused to ODM party leader Raila Odinga, who has suddenly embraced Ruto’s strategy of cunningly using Sunday service to popularize himself.

Just a week after attending a Sunday service at Kawangare in Nairobi and later conducting roadside meetings, Raila on Sunday 11 October 2020, attended another service at St. Michaels and All Angels Cathedral church in Bondo.

Raila, who until last week was not so well known for attending church services, was accompanied by among other leaders, famous businessman Jimmy Wanjigi.

“GOD FIRST: PL @RailaOdinga today joined other faithful at St Michaels and All Angels Cathedral in Bondo for the Sunday service. The sermon was delivered by the Rev. Can. Chris Kinyanjui, the General Secretary of the @ncckkenya. Businessman Jimmy Wanjigi was among the congregants,” read a tweet from ODM.

The service comes just a day after Raila, who is currently at his ancestral home in Siaya, hosted a number of Kikuyu Elders on Saturday who had paid him a courtesy visit.

While Raila was busy attending the service at Bondo, his close competitor Deputy President William Ruto was miles away at Machakos county attending another service.

Ruto, who supposed to preside over a fundraising function after a church service in Mumias East constituency, opted for AIC Bomani, Machakos Town for a Sunday service after police cancelled the Western Kenya meeting.

Ruto is flanked by Machakos Town MP Dr. Victor Munyaka, Mwala legislator Eng. Vincent Musyoka among other leaders.

However, it was Raila’s choice to fellowship with St. Michaels church in Bondo that elicited mixed reactions from twitter users.
Many mocked the ODM party leader of copying Ruto’s church strategies, saying Ruto was now becoming Raila’s role model.
Others, however, lauded the ODM boss saying his attendance was well organized, unlike Ruto whom they say usually publicizes his church meetings. Here are some reactions’

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