- Political pundits have interpreted Dr Ruto's frequent visits to Murang'a as a plan to use it as an entry point to winning President Kenyatta’s Mt Kenya backyard support.
- Bishop Maina slammed Mr Odinga for trying to malign the DP’s generosity for political machinations and witch hunt.
In an act of defiance, 11 bishops from the Mt Kenya region will host Deputy President William Ruto in Murang’a on Saturday.
The bishops have organised an interdenominational prayer rally in which Dr Ruto is expected to lead nearly 150 leaders for the prayer rally in Kenol, Murang’a County.
The meeting, on the one hand, coming in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s backyard days after he left with ODM leader Raila Odinga to China to borrow money for the extension of the SGR project, has set tongue’s wagging.
Being Dr Ruto’s eighth trip to the region in the last three months, his strategy of wresting control from his competitors come 2022 could be in the works.
On the other hand, it is telling that bishops have defied their leaders on keeping off politics and desisting from taking money from politicians.
The meeting has been organised by the bishops' forum that is made up of Chairperson Stephen Maina of the Full Time Winners Gospel Church, Catholic Bishop James Maria Wainaina (Muranga) and ACK Diocese of Mt Kenya Central’s Timothy Gichere.
Others are Murang’a South ACK bishop Julius Karanu, Thika’s Julius Wanyoike, AIPCA Archbishop John Njoroge, Gilbert Maina of EAPC and the Reverend John Mwati of PCEA.
Bishop Maina said the prayers will focus on national cohesion and integration and praying for Dr Ruto who has been under “undue criticism and opposition” from some quarters.
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, a close ally of Dr Ruto, confirmed his attendance.
"It's a prayer and thanksgiving Saturday. Nothing much, we don’t know at what time he will attend but the event starts at 10am to 2pm," Mr Nyoro said.
However, Dr Ruto’s spokesman said the only event in his diary was the Jonathan Moi's funeral slated for Saturday.
"The only thing we have in our diary is the funeral of Jonathan. I am not aware of anything else," he said.
But Bishop Maina claimed to have talked to Dr Ruto himself and that his men had visited Kimorori grounds where the rally would be held, saying there were no doubts Dr Ruto would be there.