Ezekiel Mutua faults Reuben Kigame over the ‘overdoing religion’ claim
By Joshua Cheloti
Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) Chief Executive Officer Ezekiel Mutua has faulted gospel musician Reuben Kigame over his claim that President William Ruto’s administration was overdoing religion.
Kigame, in a series of tweets on Thursday, September 15, 2022, hit out at what he described as the overrepresentation of the evangelical wing of the church.
“During the inauguration, the evangelical wing of the church was overrepresented. this was unnecessary. I do not know what the transition committee intended to prove to Kenya and the watching world,” the gospel singer who had expressed interest in vying for the presidency in the August 9 poll said in one of the tweets.
The singer had noted that he would be bashed for the tweets, which he did with several political leaders also hitting out at his comments.
According to Mutua, formerly the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) boss, organizers of the September 13 inauguration of Ruto rightfully overdid religion.
He argues that the country needs God as it had thrown morality to the dogs in the previous administration that retired President Uhuru Kenyatta led.
The MCSK boss notes that no one can have too much of God.
“Reuben Kigame is wrong. If he thinks the Ruto administration is overdoing religion, then the previous administration was overdoing the opposite. This country needs God. We had sunk so low and thrown morality to the dogs. We cannot have too much of God, provided we also work hard!,” Ezekiel Mutua said in a tweet.
Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot had also questioned the motive behind Kigame’s tweets.
“What is your exact point, Reuben? That we should not shout our testimony, that when all the mighty, wealthy and powerful teamed up and planned our funeral, God delivered us?” he replied to the gospel singer’s tweet.
Both Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua have a strong religious background with prayerful wives.
Following their win, they have severally credited their success to God.
During their inauguration at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, a majority of songs played were gospel, unlike previous similar events that had more secular musicians perform.