NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 21 – He prayed and it rained.
It was President Uhuru Kenyatta’s prayer in Nyeri that has remained the talk of town and in the ‘streets’ of social media.
In Kikuyu dialect-Nyeri being largely their zone- the President prayed after the crowd demanded, appealing to God to send rain, due to the ongoing drought in the country.
“Ngai witu nitwakuhoya, Utuhe thayo bururini witu (Our God, we pray, give us peace in our country), give us rain so that our animals can get something to eat, our land be productive, we eat and get strength…”goes the prayer.
And according to the residents, after three minutes, “God answered his prayers and it rained.”
It was during a vote hunting mission and the President was appealing to the residents and youths in the country not to not to wait for the last days of the period set, but take the earliest opportunity to enlist as voters.
“As a patriotic Kenyan, you have a civic duty to register as a voter and participate in choosing the leaders you want,” the President said.
He reminded the youth that unless they registered as voters and took part in the August General Election, chances were that a leader who does not represent their aspirations would be elected.
“It is in your best interest to register and participate in the elections as a voter and not as a spectator,” President Kenyatta said.
The President said it was unfortunate that the youth, who campaign intensely before the polls, become “mere observers’’ on the day of election because most of them do not register as voters.
“This trend should change in this year’s election. That is why we want all Kenyans, especially the youth, to register as voters,” he said.
It now remains to be seen whether as the President’s prayer was answered Kenyans will register and have their voice heard in August General Election.
Leaders affiliated to the Government and the opposition are in votes hunting mission months to the election, but they know very well that their supporters have to register to exercise their democratic right.
Both Jubilee and the opposition have been in the past a few days camped in their perceived strongholds hoping many people will register and it will “rain” votes in their supports, come August.