In Summary
  • Mr Odinga said those who take part in church harambees are the very ones who refer to themselves as hustlers, a word the DP often uses to describe himself and his followers.
  • He went on to say that while Kenya's economy suffers due to corruption, some politicians are going to churches with money in sacks.
  • But Mr Odinga noted that in his Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with President Uhuru Kenyatta is an agreement for a sustained war on corruption.
  • He pointed out that wastage is still rife in government agencies, with money going into individual's pockets, so the vice must be dealt with for this money to reach the people.

Politicians are using church fundraisers to "buy popularity" among the public, Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga said on Sunday in a veiled attack on Deputy President William Ruto.

Mr Odinga said those who take part in church harambees are the very ones who refer to themselves as hustlers, a word the DP often uses to describe himself and his followers.

He went on to say that while Kenya's economy suffers due to corruption, some politicians are going to churches with money in sacks.

“Some politicians are now bribing church officials to invite them for fundraisers at which they donate more than what they earn. The money is to corrupt society and buy support from people," said Mr Odinga.

"MONEY LAUNDERING"

Mr Odinga further said these activities by politicians amount to money laundering, not mere church contributions.

"Not even philanthropists like Vimal Shah and Manu Chandaria can afford to donate such kinds of money to churches and sustain it," he said.

He regretted that despite these huge donations, churches still ask faithful to give offering.

SUSTAINABLE WAR

But Mr Odinga noted that in his Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with President Uhuru Kenyatta is an agreement for a sustained war on corruption.

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