Former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru has showered Deputy President William Ruto with praises for the role he played in helping her recover a plot she had bought but its former owners had refused to let it go.
Speaking at Jesus is Alive Ministries (JIAM), a church she ministers, Wanjiru said the battle over ownership of the plot began in 2010 and only ended recently after Ruto’s intervention.
The bishop said people she had bought the premise from were hellbent to frustrate her take over and had even sued her.
According to the former legislator, she intends to construct a big building linked to JIAM on the plot.
“They took us to court but we could not let it go. The lower court was not on our side. The judge looked at me and asked me to relocate my congregation under a tree if I did not have a place to provide shelter for them during worship. Following that ruling, I went to the Court of Appeal which overturned the ruling of the lower court,” said Wanjiru.
Despite winning the case, the former lawmaker said her accusers refused to peacefully vacate the plot to allow her to develop it and that was when she had to contact the DP for help.
According to the preacher, it only took a phone call from the DP and the people who had declined to vacate from her property surrendered.
“Since 2011, we had requested them to remove the structure so that we build something on it but they refused. I was until recently…one phone call, the DP said ‘tunataka kujenga’ (we want to start construction)…In the next couple of days, they had removed the structure. I love the DP,” said Wanjiru.
After praying the DP took some time and talked about the politics surrounding the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report and the anticipated referendum.
Ruto maintained that the final bill still needed to be amended in a move to accommodate more divergent views from a section of Kenyans.
“We want a good and progressive constitution. We are not interested in a contest. Stop telling and pushing people into camps of YES and NO. We are not interested in camps. I believe we have time for this (uncontested referendum). The rush is unwarranted,” DP said adding.