Stop that reggae, Kenya is a God-fearing nation — Ruto

DP says Kenya cannot both be a God-fearing nation and one of reggae

In Summary

• DP says politicians have hijacked the Building Bridges Initiative to derail Jubilee's development agenda so as to achieve their selfish ends. 

• He was taking an obvious swipe at Raila who is advocating for BBI with 'nobody can stop reggae' phrase. 

Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday said Kenya is a God-fearing country that respects prayer and not reggae, bhang and witchcraft.

“I want to say without fear of contradiction that Kenya shall be a God-fearing nation. A nation of prayer can’t be that of reggae,” he said.

The DP spoke during a church service at Eshiunya Anglican Church, Kwisero, Kakamega county. He said politicians have hijacked the Building Bridges Initiative to derail Jubilee’s development agenda so they can achieve their selfish ends.

Ruto was taking an apparent swipe at ODM party leader Raila Odinga who is using ‘nobody can stop reggae’ phrase, which is associated with the late South African musician Lucky Dube,  to promote the BBI agenda.

Reggae is a music genre with deep links to Rastafari, an Afrocentric religion that was developed in the 1930s in Jamaica.

“This reggae, magicians and bhang shall be stopped, “ Ruto said.

He said the debate surrounding the BBI should be about the welfare of millions of Kenyans and not a few individuals looking for power.

The DP said there was no sincerity in the ongoing debate on the BBI, adding that the whole process has been hijacked to benefit few people ahead of the 2022 election. He said Kenya would continue to be a God-fearing nation, despite calls by some leaders to limit church offerings.

“The biggest challenge facing the country is not the greed by a few politicians seeking positions, but the challenge of finding employment for millions of young people,” he said.

Edited by R.Wamochie 

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