Pope reportedly takes action on DP Ruto’s expensive gift to Catholic Archbishop

Archbishop confirms that DP Ruto's controversial gift is no longer in his possession

File image of Pope Francis with John Cardinal Njue during his last visit to Kenya

The puzzle surrounding a Ksh4 million vehicle that was gifted to Kisumu Diocese Archbishop Phillip Anyolo by Deputy President William Ruto during installation has been unravelled with the Archbishop confirming that the Mitsubishi Pajero SUV is no longer in his possession.

According to opposition chief Raila Odinga, the gift was rejected and handed back to the presenter after the Pope (Francis) intervened and ordered so.

Refering to the gift, Odinga disclosed that “Recently, during the installation of Archbishop of Catholic Diocese of Kisumu, someone took a vehicle to the bishop as a gift. When the Pope was informed that the Archbishop had received a car gift, he [Pope Francis] ordered that the vehicle be returned”.

The ODM party leader who was addressing mourners at a funeral in Ugenya yesterday (Saturday, March 2) revealed that Bishop Anyolo complied with the orders, claiming that the car was brought from the proceeds of corruption.

“True to his instruction, the car was returned because it was acquired from proceeds of corruption…Public funds are being looted daily yet poor Kenyans are suffering. Every day, the prices of commodities are rising while graft perpetrators, who are known to the public, run to churches with stolen money.” Odinga stated.

Vehicle no longer with Bishop Anyolo

Bishop Anyolo confirmed that the controversial Mitsubishi Pajero 2012 model that was presented to him by the DP is no longer in his possession neither does he use it.

The bishop stated that he directed the vehicle be channeled to another institution, which would benefit from it as he was already “contented” with what he had by the time the gift was presented.

The Bishop who was speaking to Citizen on Saturday in Nyeri disclosed that he uses a Toyota Land Cruiser V8 that the Catholic believers in Kisumu gifted him on his installation day.

“The institution where I donated the Pajero is free to sell the vehicle and use proceeds from the sale to embetter the society. 

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