President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent message of goodwill to Muslims as they begin the Holy month of Ramadan.
President Uhuru urged the Muslim faithful to adhere to the health and safety rule so that they contribute in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus.
In his special message to the Muslims faithful cross the country on Friday, Uhuru reiterated that they should abide by the current situation so that they curtail the spread of the disease.
It is impossible to ignore the unusual circumstances under which we are in the whole world stands united against the invisible enemy of illness brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
He said that government has been forced to implement measures to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus and safeguard Kenyans from the suffering caused by this disease.
“The Holy Month of Ramadan is an important period of reflection, fasting and prayers, in solidarity with them, I urge all Kenyans of various faiths and denominations to join in reflection and prayer for our nation during these challenging times,” said President Uhuru.
He continued, “As has been said before, if we behave normally in this period, this disease will treat us abnormally. We must therefore do what we have always done as Kenyans and that is to adapt for our survival. We must change our behavior by avoiding large gatherings, regularly wash our hands with soap and water, and maintain social distancing,”
Uhuru assured Kenyans that the government is doing everything possible to contain the disease that has so far killed 14 people.
The positive covid-19 cases in the country currently stand at 320.
Earlier, Muslim fraternity countrywide appealed to the President for an extension of the curfew hours to at least 10 pm to allow them break the fast and attend to taraweh night prayers.
Council of Imam and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) Organising Secretary Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed Khalifa said the curfew will also deny poor families from accessing relief food during the holy month of Ramadan.
“We send our humble appeal to President Uhuru to open mosques so that we attend to our night prayers and also help the needy in the society with relief food,” noted Mr. Khalifa.
However, in his earlier response, President Uhuru appealed to the Muslim faithful to full adhere to the curfew hours and pray at home so that Coronavirus disease does not spread further.