A tense moment ensued at a church service, where Deputy President William Ruto was in attendance, on Sunday, after two women broke protocol and approached him, in a bid to seek financial aid.
The two separate incidents happened as Ruto was delivering a speech at PCEA Makongeni Parish, Thika, and Kiambu County.
In the first instance, a woman walked up to the front of the church and fell on her knees before the DP, pleading with him to assist her child.
As the puzzled Deputy President directed the woman to get up on her feet, she broke into uncontrollable tears, adding to the awkwardness of the situation.
Church leaders and plainclothes policemen had to intervene to walk the daring mother away from the dais, with Ruto promising to have a chat with her later.
“Keti pale nitakuona baadaye (Have a seat over there, we will talk later),” Ruto told the wailing woman.
In an interesting display of humility, Ruto stopped the PCEA church leaders and security officers from dragging the woman to the back of the church, instead, offering her a seat at the front.
A light moment ensued immediately after the situation had settled down after yet another woman followed in her colleague’s footsteps in reaching the Jubilee leader for help.
Ignoring bursts of laughter from the congregation, the woman, donned in a Sauti ya Wajane (voice of the widows) t-shirt, adamantly handed Ruto a piece of paper with her requests, before she was promptly led away from the podium in fake tears.
However details from our credible sources have indicated that the whole show was staged. The two women are from Murang’a coached and imported by Hon Ndindi Nyoro with the aim of making DP Ruto appeal to the Mt Kenya electorate through acts of mercy and compassion.
From Thika he proceeded to Bishop JJ Gitahi’s church in Kahawa West where he was ushered in as the pastor of the day. Bishop JJ Gitahi who is a radio presenter at a Kikuyu FM station where he commands a big following from Mt Kenya region, all the sermons in his church are conducted in Kikuyu. Most of congregation members come from Githurai, Kahawa, Kasarani, Roysambu, and Ruiru and from as far as Thika.
Such claims of “astroturfing,” the practice of using money and outside support to create the illusion of grassroots enthusiasm, is a technique that DP Ruto has adopted as it was seen recently during the Kibra by election campaigns. Senator Omanga, Hon Korir and Dagoretti MP John Kiarie were accused of ferrying people from other constituencies to fill McDonald Mariga’s rallies.