Deputy President William Ruto has termed the August 9th general election is a spiritual battle and not a political contest.
Ruto, who is eyeing the presidency on a UDA party ticket, says this year’s election has taken a different wave, adding that it is the reason why we have “all manner of things” going on.
"I think for the first time in Kenya, this election is more of a spiritual battle than a political contest and that is why we have all manner of things that are going on today," Ruto said during a prayer service held at his official residence in Karen on Tuesday.
He added: "I want to thank many spiritual leaders who have taken a firm position for our country. I must say that we are not ashamed of our God we will stand firm and we will take whatever consequences when we have taken a position on the side of our faith.”
While calling for peaceful elections, the deputy president also reiterated his commitment to concede defeat in case he loses to ensure a smooth transition of power.
"We believe in a united country and we want peace for our nation. I want to ask Kenyans from all walks of life and both sides of the political divide to be peaceful so that we can work together and know that after the elections God's will prevail and we will march forward as one united nation," said Ruto.
Ruto has fashioned himself a pro-church candidate and has pledged to protect religious institutions and safeguard the freedom to worship when he ascends to power.
Last month, Ruto said he will put up a mega chapel at State House if he clinches the presidency after the August 9th general elections.
“We built one at the Hustlers’ Mansion [deputy president official residence], but we had challenges. I believe we will not build like the one we build at the mansion, we will build a bigger one so that this country can continue recognizing the presence of God,” said Ruto.