US-based Kenyan lawyer Prof. Makau Mutua has rubbished President Kenyatta’s decision to declare Saturday, March 21st a national day for prayer over the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, Uhuru announced the prayer event will be led by a team of religious leaders at State House, Nairobi and urged Kenyans to pray for the nation as it confronts the illness.
“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,” Uhuru 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.”
Reacting to Kenyatta’s announcement through Twitter, Prof. Mutua said prayers will not solve the crisis, saying Kenya should turn to science and stop what he termed as superstition.
“Prayers won’t help Kenya combat the coronavirus pandemic. Let’s stop this superstition and return to science. This primordialism and naïveté could wipe us off the face of the map,” Mutua wrote.
The Health Ministry on Wednesday said three more Covid-19 cases were confirmed, bringing the total number of infections to seven.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the cases were confirmed at the National Influenza Centre and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) laboratories.
The three include a couple who arrived in the country from Madrid, Spain via Dubai on March 5th and a Burundian national who traveled from Dubai and arrived on Tuesday, March 17th.
CS Kagwe indicated that the Burundian citizen was picked out during routine screening at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).