Raila Takes Shot at Ruto After ksh15 Million Donation

  • Deputy President William Ruto and ODM Leader Raila Odinga meet on April 20, 2016.
    Deputy President William Ruto and ODM Leader Raila Odinga meet on April 20, 2016.
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  • Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga aimed a dig at Deputy President William Ruto noting that with churches closed it now time to donate to the poor.

    This comes a day after Raila, his wife Ida Odinga among other sponsors donated a consignment, which included food, sanitisers, soap, oil and water, through the national government.

    The supplies were estimated to be worth Sh15 million and were meant to help residents of Kibra during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

    A photo of Deputy President William Ruto addressing congregants at the Friends Church (Quakers) in Lang'ata, Nairobi on Sunday, March 15, 2020.
    Deputy President William Ruto addresses congregants at the Friends Church (Quakers) in Lang'ata, Nairobi on Sunday, March 15, 2020.
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    In an interview with Radio Citizen on Friday, April 10, Raila took a shot at Ruto, "We have been seeing many every weekend going to church, on Saturday they are in church, on Sunday they are in church giving donations.

    "Because now there is no church, the money that they were taking to church, they should now use that money to help the people.

    "Not just sitting in your house and sleeping and waiting for everything to clear then you start giving donations to the church again.

    "I would like to see them helping the people, even if you are not going there physically, but you are giving a little."

    The former Prime Minister added that the donation that he gave to the people of Kibra was as a result of him talking to his friends to donate.

    Raila noted that he would call upon his friends again to help various slums in Nairobi and a number of towns in the country.

    The ODM leader urged leaders to help Kenyans especially in this time when the country is faced with the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Ruto has received criticism from a section of leaders for giving donations to churches around the country and in 2018 he responded.

    "Some people condemn me for going around, raising money here and there and in church. It’s up to them. I’m investing in heavenly matters. If you want to invest elsewhere, that is your right."

    Raila Odinga pictured during the Nation Prayer Service held at State House Nairobi on March 21, 2020..jpg
    Raila Odinga pictured during the Nation Prayer Service held at State House Nairobi on March 21, 2020..jpg
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