Reports emerged on Wednesday, October 7, claiming that Deputy President William Ruto is yet to fully settle a Ksh.10 Million donation he promised a church in Kisii.
Etangi Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) allegedly wrote to the President of the East Kenya Union Conference, Pastor Samuel Makori seeking clarity over the Ksh.10M donation.
It is alleged that Ruto donated Ksh.10 Million to the church, but only paid Ksh.2 Million and promised to settle the Ksh.8 Million balance at a later date.
Deputy President William Ruto pictured at the Full Gospel Gatunduri Church in Embu on February 23, 2020.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Elder Ongechi of Etangi SDA denied the claims stating that Ruto had never attended any fundraiser at the church.
“Ruto has never made any donation to our church, and if he ever made any visit to the church, I would have had information about the event.
“Our church members give contributions, but we have never been in contact with Ruto about any donation,” he said.
Ruto’s Deputy Director of Communications Emmanuel Talam also denied Ruto attending the fundraiser and making such kind of donation.
Talam added that the church could have written directly to the Ruto if the claims were indeed true.
The letter purportedly written by Etangi church revealed the donation was made back in March 2019.
“On Saturday 30th March 2019, a collection was conducted to support the completion of South Kenya Conference (SKC) Headquarters in Nyanchwa which was presided over by Hon Dr. William Ruto, Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya.
“During this function, Dr Ruto donated Ksh. 10 Million as a chief guest, but out of this, cash was only Ksh. 2 million and that the Ksh.8 million was to be settled a few days later,” read part of the letter.
Ruto has been supporting religious organizations and youth empowerment activities and last Sunday attended a church service in Kenol, Murang’a county.
Deputy President William Ruto pictured at the Sunday service at the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), Emmanuel Parish, Butere Diocese, Khwisero Constituency, Kakamega County on March 1, 2020.