This afternoon, the Ministry of Health has confirmed three more cases that tested positive for coronavirus, raising the number to 7 for the global pandemic that has claimed over 7,000 lives so far.
Speaking to the press, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that eleven other suspected cases were being closely monitored awaiting the outcome of test results.
The three new cases include a couple who arrived from Madrid, Spain, through Dubai on March 4.
He added seven persons had been released from quarantined after testing negative for the virus.
Since the pandemic’s arrival was announced last Friday, fear and confusion gripped the nation, with multiple incidents of panic-shopping reported on social media.
Multiple churches throughout the country also announced they were taking proactive steps in preparing for it.
The Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) suspended all meetings, including Sunday worship services and gatherings, for the next 21 days with the church only remaining open for private individual prayers.
Neno Evangelism Centre founder Pastor James Ng’ang’a, in reaction to the news, expressed his doubts over Kenya’s ability to fight the Coronavirus.
Through a video that has been doing rounds on the web, the preacher said it was ironic that Kenya claims to be prepared to fight the virus yet some of the world’s superpowers are struggling to contain it.
Some clergymen, however, don’t seem to be as moved by the potential danger brought by the the dreaded virus.
Speaking on Wednesday, Popular Kenyan self-proclaimed prophet David Owour stirred netizens after he told his followers not to be too worried about the Coronavirus.
In the clip that emerged on social media, Owuor, whose key messages are centred around repentance and holiness, as reflected in his ministry’s name, told faithfuls that it was okay for them to follow guidelines provided by the government to combat the spread of the illness.
He, however, reminded them to keep their focus glued on their main mission on earth – that of preparing the way for the return of Jesus.
— Kimutai (@GKKimutai) March 18, 2020
Among the first to react to the man easily identified by his trademark dreadlocked beard, was former Nairobi gubernatorial candidate and self-declared NRM Kenya General, Dr. Miguna Miguna.
In his tweet, he heavily questioned the “Prophet of the Lord”, wondering why he didn’t put his supernatural ability into use and predict the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus.
He further dismissed Owuor, maintaining that heaven was the last thing on citizens mind at the moment considering the current national problem facing them.
"Prophet" Owuor: How come you failed to prophesy about the #CoronavirusOutbreak? Is your long beard safe or your disciples should socially distant themselves from it? Kenyans deserve to be healthy and safe right here and now. Don't distract them with heaven. https://t.co/DKoZOjIVrH
— Dr. Miguna Miguna (@MigunaMiguna) March 18, 2020
In the replies to Miguna’s tweet, many Twitter users seemed to agree with the former Senior advisor to ex-Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
We sampled some of their responses below.
I am sure he is alone and with only the cameraman in that room.😂
— BRAVIN YURI (@BravinYuri) March 18, 2020
Owuor is merely an oppotunist from the ‘JESUS INDUSTRY’. A spiritual despot (if it can apply). Kenya oting’o jomofuwo mang’eny! Awuoro.
— Amb. Rugar Rono (@RonoAmb) March 18, 2020
How Comes This Zombie,Failed The Locust Invasion & Corona Outbreak? ..😁😁😁..
— Rashid (@abdallarashid77) March 18, 2020
Good question. Kenyans truly do not need distraction at this very critical moment. We need to take actions in order for God to bless.
— BigMamie (@smallmux) March 18, 2020
This man woi Mimi hapana since I heard that 1hr 48minutes 30sec audio,when his “mtu wa mkono” was confessing about what they have been doing,,Let me just pray and wait for that unknown day when Jesus Christ will be coming😪😪
— Freya cheroow (@FCheroow) March 18, 2020
Just a month ago, Joseph Kinoti, a former member of Prophet Owuor’s Repentance and Holiness Ministry exposed his former boss as a liar, and a hypocrite.
He termed Owuor’s miracles fake as they “do not meet any of the biblical standards”, which include being instant, complete, and permanent.
Bishop Joseph Gitonga — Owuor’s long-term personal assistant and head of security and the second most powerful person in the ministry — served as the Bishop of the Kasarani branch, and was ex-communicated several women in the church claimed they had been having sex with him.