The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Patrick Njoroge, his brother Archbishop Anthony Muheria and their parents, have pledged to donate Sh25 million towards building a church in Kitui County.
In a fundraiser that was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, June 25, the two brothers said they would rally their family and friends to contribute the amount, but they did not give a timeline.
The funds will help in the building of the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Protection, Museve.
In an impromptu fundraiser conducted by President Uhuru Kenyatta during his speech, he asked prominent Kenyans in the audience to join in the task.
“This is the man (refering to the CBK boss) who has been entrusted with all the money in the country but he has no money,” Uhuru joked as he introduced Njoroge.
On his part, the Head of State pledged to contribute Sh10 million on the same.
However, he noted that he did not have the cash at hand and promised to pay the money in instalments.
“Togethre with my friends, I pledge Sh10 million. Kindly do not ask for the whole amount at once,” he pleaded, leaving the crowd in stitches.
Other political leaders, including Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Defence CS Monica Juma, area MPs and MCAs, also joined in the contribution of the church.
President Kenyatta also vowed to sent constructors on Monday, June 28, to begin drilling boreholes after the area bishop highlighted that locals had to endure prolonged periods without water.
The Catholic Diocese of Kitui developed the Marian Shrine to serve as a privileged place of prayer, recollections and retreat.