Businesses are perhaps the worst hit as the government implements a partial lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.

It is in that regard that boda boda riders and mechanics in Ruaka, in Kiambu County on Saturday, March 21, decided to spare a moment to seek divine intervention through prayers.


In photos widely circulated online, the boda boda operators and mechanics are seen kneeling down with their hands up in the air in a prayer session.

The group of traders is among many other Kenyans across the country who held national prayers.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta Kenyatta had declared March 21 a national day of prayer following the outbreak that has since killed thousands in Italy and China.

Business is tough. People have retreated to their homes while others have retreated to countryside. We don’t know what to do. Only God can pull us out of this mess,” said John Ndung’u, one of the boda boda riders who participated in the prayers told

Transport business is among the most affected sectors after the government on Friday, March 20 ordered fewer passengers in PSVs to keep to the social distancing being advocated in combating the spread of the novel virus.

Kenya has so far confirmed seven positive cases of the COVID-19 disease whose global figures stood at 276,474 as of Saturday morning.

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On Friday, March 20, the Central Bank of Kenya released KSh 7.4 billion to support the fight against coronavirus.

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