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Is Ruto running broke?

By Justus Karanja

Is Deputy President William Ruto running broke even before the whistle is blown for the start of the presidential campaigns?

That is the question in the minds of his supporters after he temporarily suspended his contributions to churches until after the August 9 General Election.

Ruto made the announcement two days after jetting back from Dubai where, sources say he had gone to raise money for his campaigns.

There are reports the Deputy President flew to Milan, Italy to meet some financiers but things did not work out as planned.

On Sunday, Ruto said his decision to suspend donations to churches was influenced by the Elections Act which bars politicians from contributing to fundraising activities after the gazettement of the election date.

The Elections Act 2011 prohibits anyone aspiring for political office from participating in a fundraising eight months before the election. This applies to all levels of office from the president, governor, senator, MP, women representative to the MCA seat.

Section 26 of the Elections Act provides that a person may be disqualified if he or she directly or indirectly participates in any manner in public fundraising or Harambee within eight months to a general election or during an election period.

Speaking at a church service in Emuhaya, Vihiga county, the DP said he has temporarily halted the programme until the end of the August 9, elections.

"I have heard about your plan for the construction of your church. I know you guys when you see me you remember that I am a man who builds churches.

"Today we will not be contributing to the church building because the elections law does not allow it. But once the exercise is over, I commit myself that we will come back and ensure the completion of the church is done," he said.

In December last year, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chair Wafula Chebukati warned that any aspirant who violates the directive risk being disqualified.

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