‘Hatuwezi Jua Sadaka Haramu Na Halali’: Church Leaders Respond to Uhuru


A section of religious leaders has faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta following his recent claims that churches were accepting corrupt money from politicians.

Uhuru, speaking during Sagana 3 meeting about a week ago expressed concerns that some religious leaders were being used to ‘lie’ to Kenyans, after getting money from politicians – part of which he said were proceeds of the Kimwarer-Arror dam scandal.

“Some of the church leaders have been compromised by huge donations donated by corrupt leaders, I want to say that you should know that it is wrong to lie through the bible and you are heading to Jahannam,” the president said in an apparent reference to his deputy, William Ruto.

“The money you are receiving is the same money that was to build dams in Elgeyo Marakwet so that God’s children can get water.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The statement has since elicited mixed reactions.

President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past event.

According to the religious leaders under the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), it was wrong for the President to point an accusing figure at them.

The leaders who spoke in Eldoret town said as church leaders, they have no mechanism to tell whether offerings being given were acquired legally or illegally.

“Sisi kama viongozi wa kidini, hatuna kipimo ya kujua sadaka halali na sadaka haramu,” said one of the NCCK officals.

Mtu anapokuja na sadaka kanisani, kazi yetu ni kuombea. Hiyo ni dhabihu sio pesa tena,” added another leader, loosely translated to “when someone comes with an offering in church, our work is to pray for it as it is no longer money, but sacrifice.”

The religious leaders now want the Head of State to avoid any confrontations with the church.

They also expressed concerns over the widening rift between President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

The two have since taken different political directions ahead of the August 9 poll, with Uhuru endorsing former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as his preferred candidate.

DP Ruto on the other hand is driving the Hustler Nation agenda, under the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto at the past

We are concerned the way the fall out between the President and his deputy is causing tension among various communities,” read part of an NCCK statement.

The church has in the past been involved in efforts to reconcile the two, and believe there is still time and room to do so.

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