'IT IS BY THE GRACE OF GOD THAT I HAVE SURVIVED ALL THE TRIBULATIONS AND CHALLENGES'; RAILA RALLIES THE CLERGY TO SUPPORT THE BBI
While telling off his critics for suggesting that he does not believe in God, ODM leader Raila Odinga has hit back at them stating that he is a firm believer of God. Raila has proclaimed he was a beneficiary of God’s mercies and miracles. He further dismissed those who have associated him with alleged witchcraft and ungodly actions as pretenders. The former premier had met religious leaders from across the country at Ufungamano house on Thursday.
“ I’m a beneficiary of God’s mercies and miracles, so many times I’m left speechless when holier-than-thou members of our country say that Raila does not believe in God….ni mtu wa vitendawili…who will not believe in God after going through what I have gone through? he posed.
While campaigning for the Building Bridges’ initiative (BBI), Raila recounted his life experiences marked by family tragedy, political struggles, the assassination of his friends and torture at detention cells.
“Who would not believe in God after what I have personally gone through with my family? I have seen men and women I was in a struggle with assassinated, comrades disappearing without a trace or comrades immobilised and eventually made to die from torture….. It is by the grace of God that I have survived all the tribulations and challenges. I believe in God” he said.
Recognizing that the church came through for him during the dark moments, he thanked the church.
“There was a time in my life when the Bible, the Quran and letters from my wife and children were all I had to read…day in, day out, for years…not days or weeks, years”
He rallied the church leaders to support the BBI document which he said roots for inclusivity and oneness.
“I called you (religious leaders) today to appeal to you support the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta, myself and the BBI. I am here to appeal to you to be the Moses and Joshua of the Exodus and help our people overcome the giants on the way and get us to Canaan”
He added “We want a partnership with the Church. In 2010 there were wild allegations that were made… some said the new constitution was going to introduce abortion, some talked of the Kadhis courts etc. This document is about inclusivity & oneness”
Odinga revisited the contentious issue of church donations cautioning the leaders to be wary of graft monies.
“We support the growth of the Church… we support the funding of the Church but we are against the use of the Church to play politics. People should also not use the church to launder money” he added.
He lauded the men of the cloth for the significant role they played in infusing fresh hope into Kenyans when the Coronavirus pandemic struck the country.
“When corona reached our borders and all looked lost, you (religious leaders) gave us a reason to hope and believe that God will not forsake us. And indeed God has been on our side. The worst the world predicted for us has turned into a false prophecy”.
Following successful verification of 1.4 million signatures, the country is headed for a referendum after the electoral agency IEBC on Tuesday cleared the BBI draft bill. In order to move to the next stage, the BBI bill that is now heading to county assemblies and must be endorsed by not less than 24 counties.