Originally published in Daily Nation
President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared Saturday (March 20) a national day of prayer for Kenya amid the worldwide outbreak of the new coronavirus.
Kenyatta made the declaration on Tuesday, the same day the Minister for Health announced that Kenya now has four cases of Covid-19, which has killed thousands of people across the globe.
On Saturday, the President said, Kenyans will pray to God in their homes, with a small group of religious leaders congregating at State House in Nairobi.
“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.
“But we also turn to God to share our fears, our apprehensions, and also to seek his guidance and ever-present protection,” the President said.
He said that in God, Kenyans had a place to turn to amid the Covid-19 virus, which has been declared a global pandemic.
See the president’s full proclamation on the national day of prayer here.