ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to respect the church and the freedom of worship as enshrined in the Constitution.
Speaking in Nyeri in reaction to the President’s scorn on the Church with allegations that it has been receiving proceeds of corruption in the name of donations, Musalia asked Uhuru to hit hard on politicians as he wishes but not the Church.
“The Constitution gives us the freedom of association that includes worship. Matters Church should not be made political,” said Mudavadi.
Mudavadi was in Nyeri town for a political rally led by Deputy President William Ruto, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and a number of Central Kenya leaders.
At the same time, the ANC leader hit out at the President, asking him to stop sending signals of him wanting to cling to power after the August 9 elections.
By imposing Raila Odinga on Kenyans, Mudavadi said it was becoming clear that the President is not ready and willing to relinquish power after his term expires.
“We want to know who between President Uhuru and Raila Odinga whose name is going to be on the ballot. Is it Raila or Uhuru?” posed Mudavadi, adding, “this is a question that needs and must be answered”.
The Kenya Kwanza luminary asked the President to honourably retire after his term ends.
Mudavadi regretted that the Jubilee party had resolved to embarrass and frustrated the deputy president to the extent of chasing him from the party he helped form and bring to power.
Hitting at the ODM leader, Mudavadi noted that it was regrettable that Raila could not tell that the high cost of living and high taxes is directly linked to the burden of public debts that the country is struggling to service.
“Raila is telling us that there is no debt burden in our country and yet he wants to be the president of our country. When we ask about it, he tells us that we are barking. When we say Kenyans are suffering and you tell us that we are barking, that is an abuse to the millions of suffering Kenyans,” he said.
The deputy president appeared to downplay attacks directed at him by his boss but never minced his words by asking the leaders to respect the church leaders.
In a veiled response to Uhuru, Ruto asked leaders to leave the churchmen alone and politically deal with political matters.
“We ask leaders to respect the church, even if you don’t love giving tithe, please leave the church leaders alone. The church is a blessed place,” he said.
The DP said his government will invest more money in the agriculture sector to lower fertilizer prices, get reliable markets for milk, tea, coffee and other farm produce.
He added that within his first three months into office, every Kenyan will have NHIF cover and payments be made according to their income. “Those without income, the government will pay for them,” he said.
The DP reminded his boss that during 2013 and 2017 when he wanted someone to stand with him, his newfound political friend Raila was not there.
“I am telling Raila to stop blackmailing and hiding behind Uhuru but instead come forward and face me in this political contest. When I stood with Uhuru in 2013 and 2017 to form the government, we shunned the politics of the tribe. Raila was not there. The roads we have done as Jubilee administration, I take credit,” he said.
He added: “We all know the difference btw Uhuru and Raila. The government credit is for the Jubilee team, where I am a co-principal and second in command.”
Ruto said the Kenya Kwanza Alliance has no problem with the President noting that their competitor is not Uhuru but Raila.
“Even if they call us liars, we are the people who made Uhuru the president. We have no problem with the President. Our competition is not with the president,” he said.
He added: “Don’t involve the President in the formation of small parties to try to antagonize us. Don’t make the President be a leader of small parties.”
“We want our president not to be embarrassed with the small parties. We want when Uhuru retires, he goes home and not be embarrassed,” he said.