Deputy President William Ruto has mourned Shem Shamalla, the resident high priest of the Kakamega-based African Church of the Holy Spirit.
Ruto had interacted with the cleric in September when he was touring Kakamega for his campaigns.
The highlight of their interaction was the deputy president gifting him a car for use in ministerial work.
In his message, Ruto eulogised Shamalla as a firm faith leader who was always keen on administering powerful summons to the faithful of his church.
“Deeply saddened by the loss of High Priest Shem Shamalla of the African Church of the Holy Spirit – Kakamega. He was a faith leader with steadfast religious credence. His sermons were always powerful, enriching and educative,” said the deputy president.
“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 stated.
Shamalla’s death The cleric breathed his last on the morning of Wednesday, October 27, at his Malava home in Kakamega County.
His death was confirmed by the church’s secretary, Bishop Samson Khalwale who said he succumbed after a short illness.
The church’s doctrines do not allow the bodies of its members to be preserved in morgues. As a result, the 84-year-old’s remains will be preserved at his home untill Saturday, October 30 when he will be laid to rest.
As hinted earlier, the man of God was last seen in public was On September 18, 2021, when he was gifted a car, Suzuki Escudo, by Deputy President William Ruto.
The second in command had visited the church to popularise his 2022 presidential bid.