Kaya elders from the Coast region will conduct ‘special prayers’ within their 9 sub-tribes within Kwale and Kilifi Counties to seek God’s divine in taming Coronavirus in the country.
The announcement comes Kenyans prepares for the national prayer day on March 21st. 2020 called by the head of state president Uhuru Kenyatta.
The national prayers will be conducted at the State house in Nairobi.
The sacred forest prayers according to the Kaya elders will complement the national prayers in seeking ‘gods’ intervention against the scourge of the dreadful COVID-19.
The disease originated in the Chinese City of Wuhan in late December last year.
The infection of the novel COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization, is more than 207,000 with at least 8,648 deaths in at least 166 countries globally.
Mijikenda Kaya Elders Association (MKEA) Chairperson Mwinyi Mwalimu says their prayers will revoke the traditional spirits’ intervention to protect Kenyans from the spreading infectious disease.
“We follow strict procedures for prayers that our forefathers directed us to conduct whenever we faced crisis just like whats the world is currently facing,” disclosed the Chairman.
Meanwhile, MKEA Coordinator, Johnson Ndokolani, noted that the traditional prayers will be conducted not only in the Kaya’s but also in other sacred places from different communities within the Coastal region.
“Although Coronavirus is disastrous, but there is nothing bigger than prayers,” he said.
The elders were speaking after making a short special prayer at the Uhuru Gardens in Mombasa County on Thursday.
They called on Kenyans to observe general personal hygiene to prevent themselves from the virus.
“Our people must observe strict guidelines on their personal hygiene as specified by the Ministry of health as we indulge our forefathers in special prayers to intervene,” reiterated Ndokolani.
Another elder, Juma Mnyeto, urged the government to ensure there is adequate provision of clean water to encourage had washing practice among locals.
“If there is no running water in our taps, then it will be a tough call asking people to constantly wash their hands when the commodity is highly scarce,” he said.