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Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017 13:20 EATjmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared Sunday October 22 a National Prayer Day and urged Kenyans to come together and unite the country ahead of the controversial October 26 presidential election.
President Kenyatta made the announcement after holding a consultative meeting with a section of religious leaders led by, among others Bishop Mark Kariuki, the Anglican Church head Jackson Ole Sapit and Supkem secretary general Adan Wachu.
Uhuru said the day will be dedicated for prayers in all religions and asked Kenyans to pray for the country, stating that since the September 1 ruling by the Supreme Court that nullified the August 8 presidential election, the country had been tense.
He cited a scripture in the Bible “Scripture says that if the people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Today’s meeting at State House took place a week after the religious leaders, trade unions and the Africa Union urged the president and his arch-rival NASA’s Raila Odinga to rise above their personal interests and place Kenya first.
The call for reconciliation came after the NASA leaders reprimanded the banning of their anti-IEBC demonstrations around the Nairobi CBD, Kisumu and Mombasa by the acting Interior security CS Fred Matiangi. He banned protests earlier in the three major cities after protesters looted shops, smashed cars and damaged other property and after in Kisumu 17 people were hospitalized.
The president also asked Kenyans to pray for peace in the country as the 26th October elections approach and to pray for one another, saying: "The politics of today is fleeting but the nation by God’s care endures.’
He appreciated the support of all the religious leaders for spiritual and moral guidance and asked them to continue to pray for the country and its people. He was accompanied at the meeting with his deputy William Ruto.