Deputy President William Ruto has condoled with the family of High Priest Shem Shamalla of the African Church of the Holy Spirit, Kakamega County.
In his message of condolences and comfort, Ruto on Thursday praised the priest for his staunch faith and remarkable character.
“He was a faith leader with steadfast religious credence. His sermons were always powerful, enriching and educative,” Ruto said.
The DP further condoled and prayed to God to give the Shamalla family and church the fortitude to bear with the painful loss of their priest.
“Our prayers to the Shamalla family, the church and the people of Malava during this painful time of mourning. Rest in Peace, my friend,” he said.
The deceased's name came into the limelight a month ago after the DP while traversing the region during one of his political rallies gifted him with a new car, Suzuki Escudo.
This is after church members pleaded with Ruto saying the Priest was a constant boda boda rider, a move that triggered the DP to gift Shamalla with the brand new car.
Shamalla died after a short illness, a month after DP Ruto gifted the deceased a new car when he attended the church’s service in Kakamega.
Sources have told K24 Digital that the man of God has been sick for a long period of time but according to the church’s doctrine, none is allowed to seek medication in hospitals.
Reports say he was 84 years old at the time of his demise.
Shamalla rose to the throne of the church’s leadership in 2014, becoming the fifth High Priest.