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DP plans to visit every church in the country before the 2022 General Election.

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Deputy President (DP) William Ruto is secretly building a religion centred political constituency through his near weekly harambees in churches and lately, in mosques.

The DP, close associates reveal, is persuaded that religion could be the key to his State House ambition in a country deeply polarised along tribal lines.

His strategists say that after ethnic alliances, religion ranks high up as a potent tool for mass-mobilisation the DP is betting big on to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

As such, he is investing in an elaborate network that has seen him strike direct rapport with at least a religious leader in each of the country’s 1,450 wards, dedicating a day every week to personally connect with them.

Every Wednesday, the DP and his staff at Harambee House Annex and Karen offices observe a day of fasting from dawn to dusk. It is a day set aside to meet religious leaders from across the country and call others in various parts of the country.

His press secretary Emmanuel Talam said the staff has had to adjust to the new way of doing things.

“It is a personal-family Christian ritual. As staff we respect it. It also strengthens those of us who join in the fast,” he said.

Majority Whip in the National Assembly Ben Washiali, a staunch Ruto ally, says they plan to visit every church in the country before the 2022 General Election.

 “We will continue visiting to pray with them for the task ahead of us is not easy except if God goes with us. We have built many churches and mosques in the process,” the lawmaker from Mumias East said Saturday.

Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, a key cog in the DP’s strategy team once told this publication that the DP fasts every Wednesday as he believes that the journey he has embarked on not only requires physical and financial commitment but also divine intervention.

“Leadership comes from God and even as you go convincing people to elect you, you want to find favour in his eyes as well. They (Wednesdays) remain days of prayer and reflection,” Mr Washiali said.

With it, the DP hopes to achieve political mobilisation through religion, a first one in this part of the world.

A hitherto untested strategy, the DP is already causing ripples not only in the church but also among his political rivals. His close dalliance with religious leaders has seen him attend up to three church services on a given Sunday and sometimes holding Harambee on Saturdays for the churches.

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It is now said that bishops, priests and pastors have the DP on a speed dial, a feat most have never achieved with an elected leader in their years in the ministry.

And as a signal that he is not campaigning the traditional way, Mr Ruto has configured his diary such that he is in Nairobi on week days and ventures out of the city during weekends.

Despite the harambees he attends every weekend, Mr Ruto has been using the pulpit to unleash tirade against his political opponents. And for a man who drops Bible verses effortlessly, he conveniently picks lines to drive his message home, a strategy aimed at going to the hearts and minds of Christians.

Prof Joseph Galgalo the Vice Chancellor of St Paul’s University that trains pastors admits that religion has throughout history been used to endear the masses and has sometimes been (mis) used by politicians to ascend to power.

“Unfortunately this falls under utilitarian uses of religion. The religion gives the scheming political class a platform to lure the faithful into electing them,” he said.

But Prof Galgalo downplays religion as a strong political constituency.

“It may be true that we (Kenya) are 83 per cent Christians but less than 20 per cent of this is ready to commit to the moral choice. It therefore follows that if in the unfortunate event a pastor were to use the pulpit to shepherd the believers to a particular political direction, they would easily obey the ethnic voice especially if the ethnic call is not in tandem with what the pastor wants. That is the reality,” the administrator who is also an ordained Anglican priest said.

Last weekend alone, the DP helped raise some Sh10 million for churches in Uasin Gishu, Vihiga and West Pokot counties with a personal donation of Sh3 million. The same weekend saw him give Sh2 million at Sekerr Catholic Church in West Pokot.

Speaking at Kapseret, the DP said he would continue to work with churches as a way of connecting with his maker.

“I am happy to be associated with churches. That is why I ensure that I come so that we raise money for the work of God,” he said.

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Conservative estimates by the Sunday Nation show that DP has in the last two years donated in excess of Sh500 million to churches and muslim institutions.

In December last year, DR Ruto together with the Bible Society of Kenya and the Bible Translation and Literacy organised a fundraiser for Bible translation at the Nairobi Club, an event that saw Sh300 million raised.

Mr Kenyatta who was in attendance said; “This project is important as it is geared towards ensuring that every single Kenyan, regardless of where he or she was born, will have the opportunity to read the Bible in a language that speaks to their heart.”

During the event, Rev Peter Munguti, the National Director of the Bible Translation and Literacy, said the Bible has only been translated into 21 languages compared to about 60 local languages in Kenya.

While he has avoided having strategic visible kingpins in any region as all voting blocs have their own luminaries around which they coalesce, Dr Ruto has made countless visits to churches in the Mount Kenya region and Western, two vote rich areas. He has cleverly avoided elevating any of the local leaders as his regional point man or woman in the regions.

Instead, he is always accompanied by a host of elected leaders from the region.

For example in Mt Kenya, MPs Alice Wahome, Rigathi Gachagua, Ndindi Nyoro and Kimani Ichung’wa will always be present in Dr Ruto’s functions but none of them has emerged as first among equals in their support for Dr Ruto.

Indeed the same is true in Western Kenya where MPs Didmus Barasa, Mr Washiali and Mr John Waluke are always with him.

By appearing not to favour any elected leader Dr Ruto, we gathered, is keen to have the church do his bidding at the grass roots.

He has embraced the mainstream churches such as Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian Church of East Africa as well as the evangelicals across the country and with it, the scramble to get into his diary is so intense that insiders say his weekend church activities have been booked up to June 2020.

But again not all the prelates are playing ball. There are those who are of the view that the church should keep ‘a decent distance’ from politicians.

Although the Anglican Archbishop Jackson olé Sapit is on record stating that the Anglican church was pondering banning politicians’ driven harambees in church, little has been seen in the ground with some bishops endorsing either Dr Ruto or those who are opposed to his presidential ambitions.

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“Whereas we acknowledge the role the harambee spirit has played in the development of our society, the Anglican church is evaluating holding of fundraisers in their sanctuaries by politicians, the Christians including politicians are expected to worship God with their resources quietly as the Bible teaches, the bishop and the Christians should hold fundraisers outside church buildings,” Bishop Sapit said in April.

His directive has for instance been heeded by Bishop Julius Wanyoike of Murang’a South Diocese but Bishop Joel Waweru and Timothy Gichere of Nairobi and Mt Kenya Central dioceses respectively have gone ahead to invite politicians in their respective churches.

As Bihsop Waweru goes ahead to ‘prophesy Dr Ruto’s win in 2022’, Mr Gichere holds that the church can’t differentiate between dirty and clean money a move that has continued to divide the church.

Embu Catholic Bishop Paul Kariuki strongly defends the DP from criticism emanating from his countrywide ‘tours of developments’.

Speaking last week at St Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish in Embu, the bishop compared Dr Ruto’s political enemies to houseflies that are always bothered by the handwork of a bee.

Bishop Kariuki blamed the DP’s political enemies for always finding faults and ‘ignoring the many development projects’ he has initiated across the country.

“Wako kama inzi, kazi yake inatafuta pale kumeoza. Wanaanza kuambia nyuki wacha kutangatanga kama vile Deputy President anaambiwa anatangatanga(they are like flies after a carcass. Now they are telling the bee to stop working hard),” said the Bishop amid laughter from the congregation.

Many a time, the DP has come out to strongly cast his lot with the church whenever there is a controversial decision. He sided with it during the 2010 referendum to oppose the new Constitution.

Recently, he criticised lawmakers who plan to introduce a bill in Parliament to regulate harambees in churches.

He has equally come out in support of self-regulation each time a debate on the need to regulate the church via legislation has surfaced. He does not want to rub the prelate the wrong way.

BY Sunday Nation

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Court suspends Mary Wambui’s appointment as Employment Authority boss

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Not so fast, the employment court has told politician Mary Wambui in her quest to take the job at the National Employment Authority.

Justice Hellen Wasilwa issued the order in Nairobi on Wednesday in a case filed by the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association.

In the case championed by the association’s chairman-cum-Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, the petitioners argue that Ms Wambui is not qualified under the law, policy and best practice, to be the chairperson of the authority.

NOT CONFORM

Ms Wambui, Mr Sakaja’s team argues, does not conform to the provisions of Section 10 (2)(c) of the National Employment Authority Act and does not meet the threshold of having at least seven years’ experience in human resource management or its equivalent.

The qualifications of the chairperson of the authority, they say, are mandatory and not discretionary.
The association says Ms Wambui has on several occasions personally admitted that she possesses a limited education, which for all intents and purposes makes her unqualified and unsuitable to conduct the affairs of the chairperson.

The petitioners argue that her appointment would disfranchise the Kenyan taxpayer given the very strategic nature of the position.

“The directive of appointing the 3rd respondent, who is not qualified is not only retrogressive, arbitrary and stale, but also attempts to uncharacteristically undermine the principles of public participation and guiding principles of leadership and integrity,” the petition reads.

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Justice Wasilwa certified the case as urgent and set the hearing for November 14.

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‘My addiction with strippers left me in debts worth millions,’ Robert Burale

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Robert Burale has in the past been in debts running into millions but he managed to come out of it unlike most Kenyans who are still struggling.

In a past interview with K24 Faraja, Burale stated that his addiction to stripping and the pressure to keep up a facade of a flashy lifestyle pushed him into debts.

I used to live with both my parents during primary and secondary school but at some point they separated.

Life was good as we were living a high end life before I went to study marketing in London.

I enjoyed going to a new country and the freedom that came with it.

Robert Burale

Little did Burale know that some types of friends can either make or break you.

When I went there I made both good and bad friends.

I was lucky because everything was being paid for by my dad for during my first year so I had a lot of free time.

I started going to strip clubs while in London with the friends I had made.

He adds,

As an African man living abroad, every one wants you, so the attention started making us do things we would not consider doing before.

We started hoping from one strip club to the other.

At some point we got bored with strip clubs in our area and we started venturing to other areas.

He adds,

STRIP GIRLS ARE TAUGHT HOW TO MILK YOU DRY.

WHEN THEY SEE YOU HAVE MONEY, THEY WILL MILK ALL OF IT. WHEN YOU DON’T CHUCK OUT MONEY THEY WILL MAKE SURE YOU GIVE THEM SOME.
EVEN IF IT MEANS REMOVING THEIR BRA.

Burale adds it took time for him to accept his addiction.

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It took time for me to know I am addicted. For three years I was just in strip club evangelism where we ‘recruit’ other people into the club.

When I came back to Kenya I found so many strip clubs had been opened and so I started going to savor their services.

Pastor Burale
Robert Burale’s book ‘From the strip club to the pulpit’

He adds

The problem was that when I was in London there was money but once I came back I had no money as my dad had passed away.

The family started fighting for what he had.

In a past interview with Radio Jambo, his ex wife Rozinah Mwakideu, had stated that one of the many reasons they broke up is the many debts he had.

I would receive calls now and then from people and police saying Robert had unsettled debts.

It was a character he had and I kept waiting because I thought he would change because he was born-again.

For example, the main reason why I left was after my friend came to visit me and after she left she wanted to sue him. I couldn’t handle that pressure plus other personal issues.

Robert Burale and ex-wife
Robert Burale and ex-wife Rozinah

Burale explains that his addiction to stripping was where his journey to debts began.

There is no strip club where a woman will give you a show with no money.

There are men who spend even 100,000 on a night.

I once did that and the sad thing is that it was borrowed money.

He adds,

I had to keep up a reputation. I had to go to big hotels and dress well so I kept borrowing.

With time my debts ran into millions.

It got so bad that I had to borrow *John to pay *Peter and the cycle continued.

I only accepted I had a problem after I tried committing suicide.

Burale is now out of debt and this he did by paying off debts slowly with the money he got from his jobs as a motivational speaker, actor and Image consultant.

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His advice to people out there is

If you are broke accept it. Ask for help

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Kenyan teen goes missing in Germany after quarreling with her parents

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Police in Potsdam, Germany are looking for a Kenyan teen who went missing a week ago from her home after quarreling with her parents

The 15-year-old only identified as Britney, has been missing since Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Mkenya Ujerumani, a local blog about Kenyans in Germany reports that the teen had a quarrel with her parents before she left their home in Drewitz in Potsdam.

At the time she is reported to have said she was going visit some acquaintances but never showed up nor returned home.

Her parents are worried since this is the first time Britney has been away from home for such a long time.

A day after she disappeared, a passerby walking by the banks of River Havel came across a bag with Britney’s personal belongings, identification and some clothes.

POLICE SEARCH

Upon reporting to the police, divers, a helicopter, a drone and search dogs from the coast guard were dispatched for a search operation in the river but nothing was found.

Police printed posters that were placed around all the major train stations in Potsdam but none of the four received clues brought them closer to finding the girl.

“The investigation team consists of ten police officers and will be headed by Commissioner Falk Heidke, who has substantial experience in the search of missing children and teenagers,” the spokeswoman for the Police Department West said on Friday.

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Britney moved to Germany from Kenya with her mother and her younger brother about two and a half years ago. She attends a Gesamtschule in Potsdam.

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