Deputy President William Ruto has announced an end to his church donations, funerals among other fund-raising events.
As the country approaches General Elections, Deputy President William Ruto will no longer contribute to church harambees and other fundraising events.
The DP announced he has temporarily paused the scheme till the end of the August 9 elections while speaking at a church service in Emuhaya, Vihiga county.
The Elections Act, which prohibits politicians from contributing to fundraising operations after the election date is gazetted, has affected the decision.
“I have heard about your plan for the construction of your church. I know you guys when you see me you remember that I am a man who builds churches.
“Today we will not be contributing to the church building because the elections law does not allow it. But once the exercise is over, I commit myself that we will come back and ensure the completion of the church is done,” he said.
Anyone running for political office is prohibited from fundraising eight months before the election under the Elections Act of 2011.
The statute covers all levels of government, including the president, governor, senator, member of parliament, women’s representative, and MCA seat.
A person may be disqualified under Section 26 of the Elections Act if he or she participates in public fundraising or Harambee in any way within eight months of a general election or during the election period.
Wafula Chebukati, the chair of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, warned in December that any contestant who disobeyed the directive risked being disqualified.
“Pursuant thereof, aspirants cannot participate in fundraising either by themselves or proxies within eight months to the election,” Chebukati said.
The IEBC chair added that the prohibition includes participation, either by attendance or contribution.
“The import is to curb aspirants from influencing voters by donating funds or money for support,” Chebukati added.
Deputy President William Ruto has been contributing to churches, funerals, and other fund-raising events across the country.