Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua Sunday morning returned to a Muranga Church where on October 4, 2020 police violently attacked worshippers with teargas in a bid to stop him and President William Ruto, then Deputy President, from addressing congregation.
Mr Gachagua, accompanied by a host of political leaders, joined worshippers for the morning service at the African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa A.I.P.C.A Kenol in Murang’a County.
The Deputy President apologised to the Christians for the despicable act by police who also desecrated the Church alter which they took over during the attack.
The Deputy President called for respect of the places of worship, assuring the nation that the Ruto Administration will uphold and respect freedom of worship at all times.
When the infamous attack happened, President Ruto, accompanied by Mr Gachagua and other leaders, was then attending a fundraiser in aid of construction of the church.
Politically instigated violent chaos had preceded his arrival at the church event leading to the death of one person and several injuries.
Sunday, Mr Gachagua said it was shameful for a government to attack its in people who elected it to power and desecrate the church.
The Deputy President delivered a message from President William Ruto and a donation of Sh4 million towards construction of the Church.
He gave a personal donation of Sh 1 million for the same. Completion is set for December.
The DP termed the place of worship as the “President’s Church” describing it as a turning point for the Head of State’s journey to State House.
Water, Sanitation and Irrigation CS Alice Wahome said the incidence portrayed the evil part of those who were in power then
Governor Irungu Kang’ata said Kenya had elected the best leadership to steer the country development agenda.
“Murang’a County is proud of this Government,”said Kang’ata Bishop Geoffrey Kagwi said the church can finally speak freely with President Ruto in power.
Mps present Edward Muriu(Gatanga),Mary Wa Maua (Ndaragwa),Kamande Mwafrika(Roysambu),Ndindi Nyoro(Kiharu)Betty Maina(Mp Murang’a),Dr Edwin Mugo(Mathioya),Peter Kihungi (Kangema),Joseph Munyoro (Kigumo),John Kiarie (Dagoretti South),Jayne Kihara(Naivasha)Zaheer Jhada(Nyaribari Chache),Beatrice Kemei(Kericho)
Also present Senator Joe Nyutu(Murang’a),John kinyua (Laikipia) and Mercy Wanjau Secretary to the cabinet
Mr Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu) called for forgiveness to those who teargased the church.
“It is when we forgive we become lighter,it us also a command from God,”added Nyoro.
“It was unprecented,I had never before seen a church being teargased,”he added.
Ms Mary Wamaua (Maragua).thanked President Ruto for walking and standing with the church after it was attacked.
“Sometimes it is good to suffer for the good,”Wamaua.
Senator Joe Nyutu said the attack on the church cemented Ruto Presidency.
Other leaders also condemned the attacks on places of worship.
At the same time Mr Gachagua commended Azimio leader for keeping the Government on check.
Mr Gachagua said Odinga has finally taken over his role as the official opposition leader.
“We want to urge former Prime Minister to keep on, we want a strong opposing to keep us on check, correct and criticize when we go wrong,”said Mr Gachagua