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President Uhuru calls on Kenyans to change behavior to survive

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In his message of goodwill on the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan, the president urged all Kenyans of various faiths and denominations to join the muslim brothers and sisters in reflection and prayer for the nation during these challenging times.

“As we begin the Holy Month of Ramadan, it is impossible to ignore the unusual circumstances under which we find ourselves. The whole world stands united against the invisible enemy of illness brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Kenya, and indeed the whole world, has been forced to implement measures to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus and safeguard our people from the suffering caused by this disease.” He said.

Adding that: “As has been said before, if we behave normally in this period, this disease will treat us abnormally.”

The president called on Kenyans to adapt for survival.

“We must change our behavior by avoiding large gatherings, regularly wash our hands with soap and water, and maintain social distancing. I am optimistic that we will overcome this challenge but we must make sacrifices necessary to see the bright days beyond our current situation.” He added.

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“I believe that we shall see the end of the Coronavirus pandemic in Kenya and begin to rebuild our businesses and economy once more. Every dark night gives way to sunrise. Let us continue to mind our brothers and sisters, especially those who are less fortunate or vulnerable during this period in line with the spirit of Ramadan. At the end, we shall stand before the Almighty for judgement and reward for our deeds and misdeeds.” He noted.

Last week, the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) had appealed for a shortening of the dusk to dawn curfew hours from 7pm to at least 9pm to enable them conduct prayers at mosques as they observe the social distancing precautions as prescribed by the government.

The government curfew still remains.

Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the most religious time of the year for Muslims.

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