Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta sends message of goodwill on the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan

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Nairobi – President Uhuru Kenyatta has today sent his message of good luck to the Muslims starting their fasting of the holy month of Ramadan.

The President began by greeting them in their Isamic way, he said, “Fellow Kenyans, Asalaam aleikum”

Uhuru noted that 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 Kenyan people from the suffering caused by this disease.

William Ruto, Kenya’s Vice-president (left) with Uhuru Kenyatta
Islam is the religion of 10.91 percent of the Kenyan population, or approximately 5.2 million people.

The President said that the Holy Month of Ramadan is an important period of reflection, fasting and prayer for ourselves, our loved ones and our nation by our Muslim brothers and sisters. In solidarity with them, he urged all Kenyans of various faiths and denominations to join in reflection and prayer for our beloved nation during these challenging times.

“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”, said President Uhuru Kenyatta.

President Uhuru Kenyatta (middle) with William Ruto, Kenya’s Vice-president (right)

Uhuru noted that he is optimistic that Kenyans will overcome this challenge but recommended that they must make sacrifices necessary to see the bright days beyond the current situation. He noted that he believes that Kenyans will see the end of the Coronavirus pandemic in Kenya and begin to rebuild their businesses and economy once more. “Every dark night gives way to sunrise”, said the President.

The President added, “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.”

Uhuru said that as he wished all Kenyans a blessed Ramadan, he wanted to thank all the doctors, nurses, clinical officers, researchers, emergency teams and indeed, all the Kenyan frontline personnel for their selfless service in combating the Coronavirus pandemic. “May God’s peace, favour and grace be with you, Ramadan Kareem and Saum Maqbul”, concluded the President.

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