Ruto asks 40 preachers to consecrate State House
President William Ruto on Sunday, September 25 asked members of the clergy to consecrate State House Nairobi as he formally begins his five-year term.
The Head of State hosted a church service at the precincts of State House after his recent trip to New York where he attended the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Speaking shortly after the morning prayer service, the President requested over 40 bishops, who attended the service, to pray and cleanse the residence he will call home for the next five years.
He said he was dedicating State House to God for uplifting his status.
“After this [fellowship] service, please don’t leave. There is lunch for all of you,” Ruto said.
“There will be Part Two of this service, which isn’t as organised as Part One. [In the second session], I want you all to speak a word of blessing around this compound. And those who can speak in tongues, please speak in tongues around this compound,” he added.
He attributed his victory in the just concluded polls to prayers.
“I’ll ask 30 to 40 members of the clergy to pray over this building (State House). To you all, don’t be in a hurry to leave. Walk around State House as you pray in tongues. Let everyone know that we are finally here," he stated.
“Goliath was there, in full armour. We were told that the deep state will stop our bid, but God saw us through...We are here today because of God and prayer. Kenya is being celebrated across the world for [holding] a peaceful and transparent election.”
Drive 'evil spirits' out of State House
Bishop Mark Kariuki presided over the service attended by a host of leaders including First Lady Rachel Ruto, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Kenya Kwanza Alliance politicians.
Bishop Kariuki accepted the President's request and vowed to pray 'until all the hiding evil forces are driven out'.
“You’ve heard the president inviting us to walk all over this place to purify it. When we (the clergy) walk around State House, we’ll declare this ground purified. Any evil altar that may have been raised here will be paralysed in the name of Jesus Christ. We are more than 40 preachers. We’ll pray for this place until all the hiding evil forces are driven out," he said.