Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya coalition party presidential running mate Martha Karua has taken a swipe at Deputy President William Ruto after he broke into tears during a prayer service at his Karen residence on Tuesday.
Karua, who spoke during a campaign rally at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Wednesday, said Ruto should stop pretending to be more Christian than others, stating that Christianity is not about showing one’s tears, but rather actions.
"Watu wawache kujidai ati wao ndo Wakristo…Ukristo sio jina, sio kwenda kwa kanisa na ata si machozi, ni tabia…Kama wewe ni Mkristo, kuwa na tabia ya Ukristo, penda watu, wacha kiburi na vitisho. Kuwa mtu wa kunyenyekea vile Kristo alinyenyekea,” Karua said.
“Wacha Ukristo wako ujitangaze, si wewe kututangazia. Jesus Christ has no deputy...stop pretending to be his deputy on earth, he belongs to all of us.”
She further told off Ruto and his allies for questioning her faith and that of Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga, saying only God has the authority to judge people.
“I joined politics before some of my rivals...you have found me in politics while going to church but in this late hour, you want to doubt my Christianity? Wait for judgment by Christ when we all go to heaven," she stated.
“They have found my boss (Odinga) serving in Parliament as a Christian in the Anglican Church like me, who are they now to start claiming he is not a Christian? Si kila mtu anasema ‘Yesu Yesu’ ataona ufalme wa mbinguni…leave us alone and do your own campaigns.”
During the prayer meeting presided over by Bishop Mark Kariuki, Ruto was seen shedding tears after seemingly being overcome by emotions. In his address, the deputy president termed the forthcoming election as more of a spiritual battle than a political contest.
"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," said Ruto.