- East Africa
Gospel singer and social activist Reuben Kigame has called out President William Ruto’s administration for ‘overdoing religion.’
Kigame argued there was evangelical overrepresentation during Ruto’s inauguration, saying the presidency should observe Article 27 of the Constitution.
“I know I will be bashed but I need to be truthful and accountable to the nation. I think the Ruto administration is overdoing religion. While we acknowledge the hand of God in bringing us this far, the presidency must observe Article 27 of the constitution
“During the inauguration, the evangelical wing of the church was overrepresented. this was unnecessary. I do not know what the transition committee intended to prove to Kenya and the watching world,” he said.
Article 27 of the Constitution speaks on equality and freedom from discrimination and states that every person is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law.
It further states ‘The State shall not discriminate directly or indirectly against any person on any ground, including race, sex, pregnancy, marital status, health status, ethnic or social origin, colour, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, dress, language or birth.’
Kigame said the church should play a neutral role in governance but should not shy away from correcting the top leaders when they stray.
“I am a committed Christian who believes in prayer and believe God has helped us this far and we will continue to trust Him for the future of Kenya, but I hope that issues such as lowering food prices will not be met with State House saying, “let’s pray about it.“
“I strongly believe that the church should play A neutral, prophetic, balanced and truthful role in order to provide a true spiritual direction for the country. it should congratulate the king but also be prepared to tell the king that he is naked should he be,” he said. By Vincent Kejitan, The Standard