– The ODM leader said he was not against church donations but suggested those doing so should also reveal the source of the money
– Although he did not mention names, it was understood the former prime minister was referring to DP Ruto who is known for generous church donations
– In response, the DP said they do not donate to churches because they have a lot of money, but so that they can be blessed with more
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has renewed debate on whether or not churches should accept cash donations from political leaders without questioning the source of the money.
The former prime minister reiterated the churches should insist on knowing where the money that is being donated to them came from.
Raila who was addressing the residents of Elgeyo Marakwet county on Sunday, June 30, also added a fresh twist to the church donation debate by suggesting those who would wish to give to the Lord must also be ready to confess their sins.
“There are those who are everywhere every Sunday. You cannot just carry sacks of money every Sunday to donate to churches.
You must start by confessing and telling the church the truth about the source of money, after that you can donate,” the ODM leader said without mentioning names.
Although the Opposition chief did not mention any names, it was understood he was referring to Deputy President William Ruto whose generosity when it comes to church donations has been a subject of heated debate.
“If you read the Bible, it tells us that if you give you shall receive and that you shall receive according to the measure that you give.
I have seen some people stressing on why I donate to churches. It is clear they are yet to discover the secret to giving. The secret of receiving more or being blessed is by giving more,” Ruto said on Sunday at St Lukes PCEA church in Mihang’o, Nairobi.
The DP had earlier cautioned members of the 12th Parliament against passing laws to stop fundraising activities in churches warning such a move would have dire consequences.
“They have tabled in Parliament bills seeking to stop fundraising and paying of tithe so as to stop God’s work. I want to warn you, because we have made progress as a country, if you pass laws prohibiting the work of God in the church, you will face the wrath of God…you will suffer. Be wary of the false prophets.
I am warning you as a Christian and as a leader…If you are going to legislate on how to sabotage the word of God…in our churches, that is the day you will perish. I have given you the news early, stay alert,” Ruto said at PCEA Church in Oljororok, Nyandarau county, on June 9.
He was reacting to a proposal by Suba South MP John Mbadi who was seeking to have public officers who contribute more than KSh 100,000 in harambees compelled by law to explain their source of wealth in writing.
The MP who doubles as Minority leader in the National Assembly proposed constitutional amendment to force public officers to file returns with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) within 14 days stating source of their contributions.
“For purposes of accountability and integrity of a public officer, the public must be given reasons why they cannot access the wealth information of any public officer,” he said in a letter to the National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.
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