“When I got to the end of the trail, I once again said a prayer for our President, William Ruto, our country, and our people.
“I prayed that God gives us rain so that our hard-working people can once again see and enjoy the fruits of their labor from their farms,
These elicited sharp reactions from Kenyans who sensationally claimed that the second in command was worshipping the mountain instead of worshipping God.
However, the former Mathira MP on Saturday, January 7, defended his move of praying to face Kenya’s tallest mountain.
Gachagua said he frequents the foot of Mt Kenya for prayers because the mountain is closer to God.
He said that due to its altitude, the mountain is believed to be not far from heaven where God stays.
“I prayed at Mt Kenya because it’s a high altitude and we consider that it is not very far away from heaven where God stays,” Gachagua said on Twitter.
Apart from the religious beliefs surrounding the mountain, Gachagua said Mt Kenya is not only a landmark but a tourist site as well.
“The same awe our forefathers had over it and many other natural features still hold a grip over us. Our mountains, lakes, rivers, ocean, and forests are a strong link to our roots. This is a reminder of the greatness of our past and the possibilities in our collective future,” he added.
The businessman-cum politician further revealed that he went to the mountain to make special prayers for God to deliver youth from the vote-rich Mt Kenya region from drugs.
“I prayed that God delivers our young ones from drugs and touch the hearts of those who sell drugs to our young people; to change their ways and let our youth become great,” his prayer went.