Uhuru declares Saturday national prayer day over coronavirus


Uhuru declares Saturday national prayer day over coronavirus
President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at a past church service. PHOTO | PSCU

In Summary

  • Kenyans are to observe the prayer day within their homes, places of work or wherever they will be and avoid large crowds as part of preventive measures.
  • The President reiterated that the government will continue to do everything in its power to keep Kenyans safe.
  • He further stated that the purpose of the prayer day will be to ask God for forgiveness for any wrongdoings, as well as protection and blessing.

As Kenya grapples with rising cases of coronavirus infections, President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared Saturday March 21, 2020 as a national day for prayer.

In a statement to newsrooms on Tuesday, the President said the prayer day will be led by a team of religious leaders at State House, Nairobi from 12pm.

“We cannot ignore the need to turn to God.  In these circumstances as we have done in the past as a nation, we have always turned to God first to give thanks for the many blessings that He has bestowed on our nation,” he said.

“But we also turn to God to share our fears, our apprehensions, but also to seek his guidance and ever-present protection. We acknowledge always that we are nothing without our God,” he added.

The Head of State urged Kenyans to observe the prayer day within their homes, places of work or wherever they will be in order to avoid large crowds as part of the preventive measures.

He reiterated that the government will continue to do everything in its power to keep the citizens safe.

President Kenyatta further stated that the purpose of the prayer day will be to ask God for forgiveness for any wrongdoings, as well as protection and blessing.

He also appealed to all media houses to broadcast the event live on all television and radio stations as well as online platforms so to reach all Kenyans.

“Let us join hands together on Saturday. Let us pray for our country. Let us pray for our unity. Let us pray to see this pandemic resolved and let us pledge to love one another, to live in peace and harmony with each other and let us pray that the world will once again refocus itself on those things that are good, on those things that are virtuous, on those things that are peaceful,” he added.

“And in this, I am guided by the following scripture and I will quote from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians as read in the book of Phillipians 4: 6 – 9, “Do not worry about anything instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Then, you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can ever understand. His peace will guide your hearts, your minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”‘

The President’s announcement comes hours after Health CS Mutahi Kagwe revealed that one more patient had tested positive for coronavirus in Kenya bringing the total number to 4.

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