First Lady Rachel Ruto on Sunday May 21, urged Kenyans to remain calm, despite the challenges facing the President William Ruto's administration.
Speaking during a church service at Deliverance Church in Umoja, Nairobi, the First Lady explained that the government was committed in ensuring government agenda was fulfilled for the benefit of all citizens.
“Kenya is a good place. We may be going through some challenges but it’s like building a house, some cracks may develop but after some time it will settle,” the First Lady stated.
Mama Rachel Ruto also urged church leaders in the country to support the bottom-up government agenda.
“The church has a key role to play in actualization of the projects envisaged in the bottom-up economic transformation agenda, I therefore call upon church leaders to support the initiative,” read part of the statement by the First Lady.
She singled out a multistorey residential housing development that will be built on Kangundo Road by Deliverance Church Umoja, challenging other leaders present to identify similar potential projects alongside the priority areas.
The First Lady also explained that the Kenya Kwanza government had plans of developing sectors such as agriculture, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), housing and settlement, manufacturing, that involves majority of Kenyans.
She expressed optimism for the nation's full economic recovery from the effects of the prolonged drought that was the worst in 40 years.
Her call on church leaders to support government agenda came at a time when the church was under attack, after the Shakahola massacre.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki on Sunday, May 21 put rogue pastors on the spot maintaining that no one would be left in the clean up of the church.
"The government will fiercely fight with anyone who is hiding behind religion to hurt Kenyans," he said.
"All those people hiding in churches to steal and hurt people using the bible we will chase them the same way we did with bandits until we make sure that Kenyans get justice."
Kindiki spoke during a thanksgiving service at Victory Revival church in Tharaka Nithi county even as the search for survivors in Shakahola massacre continues.
President William Ruto on Sunday, April 30, read the riot act on religious leaders who propagated false teachings following the Shakahola massacre which saw over 200 bodies exhumed.
"I will consult all religious leaders in the country to have a task force to weed out the characters who want to abuse religion or to run businesses and do things that are anti-religion in Kenya,” stated Ruto.
On the other hand, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on May 6, defended the church and castigated those condemning all religious leaders due to the Shakahola massacre.
Speaking during the installation of Reverend Cleophas Oseso as the new Nakuru Catholic Diocese Bishop, Gachagua urged the clergy to work together to root out those preaching false doctrines.
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