Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday urged the church to scale up its partnership with the Government in spreading the gospel of peace in the country. He said the church was strategically positioned to build a cohesive Kenya where the 42 million citizens can co-exist harmoniously.
"The church is not just the bishop or pastors and in the same way Kenya is not about the President or the Deputy President by the 42 million of us and if we work together we are bound to grow this nation beyond," said Kenyatta. He pointed out that for Government to succeed on its agenda of transforming the country and building a prosperous nation, all stakeholders including the church should be fully involved.
Kenyatta asked the church to continue praying for the country to overcome the challenges faced, adding that with God in control, everything was possible. "For the prayers for my deputy and myself we know the world is full of challenges and we believe that God can never give one something that they cannot overcome and we believe that God is in control and we will continue with the vision that we have," he said.
The President spoke on Sunday at Good Shepherd African Gospel Church (AGC), Ngong Road, during a Sunday service. He had earlier laid the foundation stone for the church headquarters. Speaking during the occasion, Deputy President William Ruto appealed to Kenyans to support development projects initiated by churches.
The Deputy President said: "Give to Caesar what belongs to him. Also give to God what is due to Him." Leader of the AGC Church, Bishop Langat also led special prayers for the President, the Deputy President, other leaders and the nation for the prevailing peace to be maintained. Ruto is scheduled to leave the country on Monday headed to The Hague for the opening of the ICC trials.
However concerns were raised after the International Criminal Court released a new schedule that will have both Kenyatta and Ruto at The Hague for a month. A civil society has already moved to court to bar the two leaders from attending the upcoming trials because it would cause a constitutional crisis and a leadership vacuum.
But the ICC insists that international laws supersede national laws.