- "There are those who say we rely on science, but even those scientists trust God."
- Information and messages accompanying national anthems have been delivered by invited sectarians as well as by Muslim clerics.
- So far, Kenya has confirmed 15 cases of coronavirus.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday led Kenyans to a national prayer held at the Presidential Palace in Nairobi. In addition, the plea for repentance is aimed at praying for the country and the world at large, following the catastrophic disaster of Covid-19, and which has shaken the whole world.
It started a few minutes after noon, the schedule being attended by preachers of various denominations in the country, who united the nation and the world through prayer, repentance, and preaching. Contrary to other national occasions, where government and political leaders are given the opportunity to speak, only President Kenyatta has spoken.
“Today is not my day, but it is our day as Kenyans that we have chosen to unite and thank God for the good he has done for us, to apologize as individuals and to the nation as a whole,” said President Kenyatta. He urged Kenyans to plead with God for his mercy following the challenges the nation and the world are facing from the dangerous coronavirus.
Before delivering his brief speech covering prayer and repentance, the country’s leader identified the presence of various government agencies and political leaders, as well as trade unions in the country and the commercial community, sectors most affected by Covid-19 transmission.
So far, Kenya has confirmed 15 cases of coronavirus. From the business sector, transport and even government services to the public, they have all suffered largely because of the fear of the virus. Despite government efforts through the department to try to control the spread, President Kenyatta has stated the need for citizens to stand in prayer through prayer. “And I believe God will listen,” he said.
“There are those who say we rely on science, but even those scientists trust God. Kenya is a faith-based country, according to our national anthem. I urge every Kenyan to pray for the healing, unity, and harmony of the country,” explained the President. The climax of the event, which was broadcast live on television, concluded with the national anthem.
A national prayer for God to help save Kenya and the rest of the world facing the Covid-19 disaster continues at the Presidential Palace in Nairobi. Information and messages accompanying national anthems have been delivered by invited sectarians as well as by Muslim clerics. In prayer, the Archbishop of the Church of England, ACK Joseph Ole Sapit, using a number of Bible examples, explained the need for people to direct their needs to God. “We have somehow forgotten that God is Almighty,” he said.
“We are separated, it is important to return to God, in order to avoid the calamities we are going through; Covid-19 and locusts that have invaded our fields, plants and crops,” said the bishop in his prayers. Ole Sapit also emphasized the importance of apologizing to God, for mistakes we may have made through conversation and even deeds.
In addition, he has mentioned the wounds of corruption, hate politics and ethnicity, as elements that should be illuminated and the solution available to unite the nation. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his predecessor, announced the separation today, Saturday, as a day of national prayer.
Deputy President Dr. William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), and senior government officials have also attended the televised event. Kenya has so far confirmed seven cases of serious coronavirus infections.