A number of men of God who were not very well known to the public until they met deputy president William Ruto have died under mysterious circumstances.
On Thursday, Kenyans were shocked by the sad announcement of the passing on of the House of Hope Bishop Godfrey Migwi.
Bishop Godfrey Migwi was a staunch supporter of deputy president William Ruto. Recently, the second in command hosted the pastor at his Karen home.
So serious was his association with the deputy president that he was set to contest for the Mathioya parliamentary seat on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket.
On several occasions, the late Migwi not only launched scathing attacks towards president Uhuru Kenyatta but also took a swipe at the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Raila Odinga for spearheading their role in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
While mourning the man of God, DP Ruto described him as a great priest whose sermons were very powerful and nourishing to the heart.
“Bishop Godfrey Migwi was a bold, vocal, and powerful spiritual leader with a great sense of humour. He was a mentor and a friend with firm pastoral faith that he infused to many of us. We will miss his topical and nourishing sermons,” his statement read.
Another man who died recently was bishop Shem Shamalla. The African Church of the Holy Spirit bishop Mr. Shamalla passed on just a few days after deputy president William Ruto gifted him a free car.
The death of Shem Shamalla was confirmed by The church’s national Secretary bishop Samson Khalwale who disclosed that he died after a short illness.
The African Church of the Holy Spirit high priest died just one month after Deputy President William Ruto gifted him a brand new car after he attended a church service in Kakamega county.
According to K24, the man of God had been sick for a long period of time but could not go for treatment to any hospital within the country.
Apparently, the church’s doctrine does not allow its staunch members to seek medication in hospitals since it is against their faith.
Bishop Shem Shamalla was 84 years of age by the time he passed on. He rose to the church’s leadership sometime in 2014, making him the fifth High priest.
Another Bishop that interacted with the second in command prior to his death was Bishop Dr Simon Wanjohi Wahinya.
Wahinya served as the Regional Bishop of the eminent PEFA Churches located at Nyandarua County. He was also the chairperson of the Nyandarua Pastors Fellowship.
Bishop Wanjohi is amongst those Bishops that the deputy president held meetings with in the midst of the ravaging effects of the corona-virus pandemic. He died of Covid-19 related complications.
While mourning him, this is what William Ruto wrote:
“We are saddened by the loss of a gracious faith leader, Bishop Dr Simon Wanjohi Wahinya, Regional Bishop of the PEFA Churches, Nyandarua County and Chairperson of the Nyandarua Pastors Fellowship. Bishop Wahinya was a gentle spiritual leader who served the Lord with dedication and diligence. My condolences to the family, the church in Olkalau and the PEFA family. May his soul rest in peace. “