DP Ruto holds back tears during emotional prayer meeting

Vice President William Ruto fought back tears during a prayer meeting attended by senior Nairobi County clergy at his Karen residence on Tuesday, August 2.

The prayer meeting convened by DP Ruto and his wife Mama Rachel Ruto brought together clergy and senior members of the church to pray for the country ahead of the August 9 elections.

But after an intense prayer session and words of encouragement to Dr Ruto, the assistant resident was asked to take the podium and his emotions were on display.

Vice President William Ruto fought back tears during a prayer meeting at his Karen residence on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

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Speaking about the importance of peace and the challenges his campaign has had to endure, the DP was seen in the video wiping away tears that clearly overwhelmed him.

His eyes were watered as he spoke of the need for peaceful elections and thanked the clergy for their support throughout his campaign.

“Thank you for honoring our invitation so that we can have a moment of prayer together. We all know where we are at as a country. We know the times and we know the times and we know the challenges and I asked that we have this moment to pray together due to the weight of the issues we have been facing in the past few days before we get to the vote,” Dr Ruto said.

“We have a lot of schedules, but the Bible reminds us to seek the kingdom of God first. Thank you for coming to pray with my team and I. I underestimated this meeting but it turned out to be something I never imagined,” he added in the middle as a series of emotions hit him.

DP Ruto noted that he struggled during his trip and hinted at the fallout with his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, whom he expected to endorse as he had promised during their camping from 2011 to 2017.

“Let me say that we are really grateful as a team because we have seen the hand of God in this journey. The path God has traveled and the many problems we have overcome, we have seen the hand of God .

“Throughout the journey, we understood that men can let you down but God wouldn’t. We realized that you have to trust God because human beings can let you down,” he added.

DP Ruto called for a peaceful election and challenged the clergy to engage their flock and encourage them to avoid violence as well as to come out in large numbers and exercise their democratic right to vote.

The DP hasn’t been shy about shedding a tear or two in public and he sometimes wears his emotions on his sleeve. In 2015, the DP was moved to tears by 8-year-old Nina Kanana Mutheu, who recited a full poem with a pet name for Ruto; Uncle Willy.

In March 2013, after the Jubilee alliance won the election, DP Ruto wept on a church podium at Faith Evangelical Ministry in Karen.

Vice President William Ruto fought back tears during a prayer meeting at his Karen residence on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

Vice President William Ruto fought back tears during a prayer meeting at his Karen residence on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

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