President Uhuru Kenyatta has left congregants in laughter after leaving a church service early to attend a family meeting. The head of state who was in the company of his deputy William Ruto attended a service at Africa Inland Church (AIC) in Milimani, Nairobi, on Sunday, January 26.
Speaking to the congregation, the President thanked Bishop Yego for his steadfast leadership of the church over the years during which AIC, founded in 1895, significantly grew its footprint in the country and the region.
“You are handing over a much larger church and a more grounded church, and I am sure the new Presiding Bishop will take it to greater heights,” the President told Bishop Yego as he assured the church in Kenya that the government will continue working with religious institutions in efforts to create unity and prosperity.
Bishop Abraham Mulwa was installed as the new Presiding Bishop and will be deputised by Bishop Paul Kirui.
With President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Political, Religious Leaders and faithfuls at African Inland Church (AIC) Milimani, Nairobi today during the installation ceremony of presiding Bishop Abraham Mulwa and his Deputy, Bishop Paul Kirui. pic.twitter.com/R8TVCOAsUs
— Kalonzo Musyoka (@skmusyoka) January 26, 2020
The president later excused himself to attend another pre-arranged meeting with his family. The head of state emphasized it was absolutely important for him to leave given he had been missing the other previous meetings.
“I really wanted to be with you until the end but I had talked with the bishop that I will leave early to attend a family gathering, and you know I don’t want to be told I do not honour family meetings every now and then,” President Uhuru Kenyatta told the congregants.
Uhuru went ahead to disclose how important it was to be close to the family as it is absolutely important when one leaves public service.
“And you know we will not be in public service forever, eventually we will go back to the family and it is absolutely important that I also give it attention,”…”You know even Silas Yego (church bishop who was retiring after 45 years of service) has a wife at home and on weekends when he tries to dress up, the mother reminds him today is not a working day, he then goes back and changes to pajamas,” Uhuru told the faithfuls amid laughter.
The president was allowed to leave the church as Ruto, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja among other leaders remained behind to continue the program.