RELIGIOUS CALLING

Rufftone: I will run for Nairobi senator

He is currently mentoring students in campus against drug abuse

In Summary

• Rufftone confirmed his interest in joining politics come 2022

Rufftone and his wife Krystal

Gospel singer Smith Mwatia, alias Rufftone, is doing a campus tour countrywide before venturing into politics.

Speaking to Word Is, the 'Mungu Baba' hitmaker said he wants to mentor the young generation.

Rufftone has been in the music industry for more than 20 years.

Rufftone confirmed his interest in joining politics come 2022.

He will be vying for the senatorial seat in Nairobi county.

"This is not political but the duty is about the souls. I believe God called me to serve Him in different ways," he said.

"The young generation is distorted and misplaced and a parent, it gets to a point you get mad and try to sort the issue rather than pointing fingers." 

Rufftone added that people have been made to believe that campus life is all about drugs and bad life.

"As a gospel minister, it is a way of trying to bring sanity to the current generation. Most of these vices are introduced from Primary school, normalised in high school and are perfected in our campuses.

For you to solve the issue, you have to start by going where the problem has been perfected before going to where they introduced it."

The first campus tour will be held at Machakos University on November 20.

Among those featured are Citizen TV's Waihiga Mwaura, the controversial Pastor T and Florence Andenyi.

Speaking about the controversies surrounding the gospel industry, Rufftone said in 2000, there was no gospel but God brought in people to serve Him.

"The industry is struggling but we are going to revive the industry. Some artistes we have had were very intentional. They used the gospel industry as a stepping stone to their secular careers," he said, adding that they later ditched it for lame reasons.

"I believe in the gospel of grace and I do not like judging. I am a human being. I will have many artistes along but those who still want to sell their image and do theatrics, I will not tolerate."