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Ruto's Saturday prayer rally called off

06 September 2013, 13:24 Wilshere

Nakuru - Deputy President William Ruto's prayer rally which was slated for Saturday the September 7 at Afraha Stadium has been called off by 400 religious leaders drawn from the Rift Valley.

The men of clothe said that the timing of the prayer was untimely and that it might interfere with the ICC trial which is set to start on September 10.

In a press statement circulated to media houses on Friday morning, the Rift Valley clergy chairman, Bishop Richard Nato, said that holding of prayer rallies might go against the conditions given by the ICC court to the suspect.

“We don’t want to jeopardise the cases that will start next week and again to hold such a meeting at that time will not be enough,” he said.

Nato said that it was agreed during their meeting with other religious leaders from the 14 counties in Rift Valley that they will not be holding any other prayers until November 2013.

He further urged all the clergy in Kenya to pray in their respective churches and mosques during the ICC trials.

“We will not be able to hold the prayers as expected and that’s why we urge the all believers and Kenyans in general to be calm during the trial,” he said.

The church leaders further called on CORD leaders to avoid politicising the ICC issue during the trial of the President and his deputy at The Hague.

Elders from Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Masaai and Kisii communities in the Rift Valley had also been invited for the prayers as part of the reconciliation process.

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