Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has mourned Kakamega priest Shem Shamalla as a leader with steadfast religious credence.
In a message of condolence to the family, friends, and relatives of Shamalla posted on his social media pages on Thursday, October 28, the deputy president regretted that the iconic priest had died shortly after being gifted a car to help him spread the Gospel.
“Deeply saddened by the loss of High Priest Shem Shamalla of the African Church of the Holy Spirit – Kakamega. Our prayers to the Shamalla family, the church, and the people of Malava during this painful time of mourning. Rest in Peace my friend,” Ruto said in a Tweet.
The deputy president noted that Shamalla’s sermons were not only powerful but also enriching and educative.
“He was a faith leader with steadfast religious credence. His sermons were always powerful, enriching, and educative,” Ruto mourned Shamalla.
William Ruto prayed to God to give the family, friends, relatives, and the many congregants the fortitude and strength to overcome the deep sadness of his sudden demise.
Shamalla, 84, died on Wednesday, October 27, at his Malava home in Kakamega County.
He came to the limelight for the first time on September 18, 2021, when the deputy president gifted him a Suzuki Escudo, a sport utility vehicle.
he will be remembered for among other things pushing for the reconciliation between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his estranged deputy William Ruto.
“It is biblically acceptable for brothers to live in peace as attested by Psalm 133. President Uhuru and (William) Ruto were elected on a joint ticket and it is prudent that their friendship remains,” he said on September 18, 2021, before receiving the car donation from the former Agriculture Minister.