President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto led the nation in this year’s National Prayer Breakfast at Parliament Buildings.
However, House of Hope Church Bishop Godfrey Migwi, Nairobi has described the National prayers as a waste of time, saying they have become feasting sessions instead of meaningful repentance and reconciliation.
The cleric, said that Uhuru and Ruto should first reconcile before attending the prayers.
“The Bible in the book of Matthew 5:23 to 24 says that if you are offering your gift on the altar and remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar and first go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift,” Migwi said.
The two leaders, who have fallen out over 2022 succession politics and the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
Uhuru and Ruto have met twice face to face this year – on February 15 during the burial of former Cabinet minister Simeon Nyachae in Kisii and February 25 during a Cabinet meeting at State House, Nairobi.
The two no longer read from the same script in the running of government affairs. Uhuru, who has edged Ruto out of the government in what is seen as a move to cut DP’s influence in government circles, has chosen to concentrate on legacy projects and BBI-driven constitutional amendment.
The prayer breakfast event is being held both virtually and physically within the Covid-19 guidelines.
This year’s prayer, is themed: “A Hopeful Future”. This is the 18th meeting since the advent of the National Prayer Breakfast.
The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual ecumenical event offered under the auspices of the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate; and organized by a group of dedicated volunteers who make up the National Prayer Breakfast Organizing Committee.
The purpose of the National Prayer Breakfast is to meet, engage, interact and together pray for the nation in the company of fellow leaders from all sectors of society.
It was first held in 2003 after former President Mwai Kibaki took office with its main purpose being to meet, engage, interact and pray for the nation in the company of fellow leaders from all sectors of society.
Previous national prayer days have placed focus on peace, national reconciliation and uniting against corruption and bad governance.
ODM leader Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), have been invited but not physically in attendance.
On the other hand, Ruto, who is opposed to the push to amend the Constitution in the wake of an economic meltdown caused by the effects of Covid-19, is crafting his 2022 game plan.
Maanzo said they hope the prayers will provide a platform for “the leaders to reach out to each other and reconcile”.
“From my point of view, I do not think there are personal differences between the President and the Deputy President. A day in politics is too long, and we pray and hope that our leaders will see the sense to unite for the sake of the nation,” he said.
The lawmaker said governments are put in place by God and those in leadership need to repent for the nation to heal.
“We are facing a lot of challenges as a country both politically and economically and the Bible tells us that a nation which relies on God and repents is blessed and healed. We will dedicate our country to the Lord,” said Maanzo
The highlight of the event was when Uhuru, Ruto, Raila and Kalonzo exchanged hugs in turns, pleasantries and laughter, that coming after the grueling 2017 campaign season that left the country divided.
The 2018 and 2019 prayer events were cordial and characterized by humour, laughter and wittingly phrased jibes.