Controversial law scholar Makau Mutua has rubbished President Uhuru Kenyatta’s call prayers as the country comes to terms with the crisis created by coronavirus.

In a post on his Twitter account, the professor described a prayer solution as superstition and called people to seek solace in science instead.


“PRAYERS won’t help Kenya combat the coronavirus PANDEMIC. Let’s stop this SUPERSTITION and return to SCIENCE. This PRIMORDIALISM and NAÏVETÉ could WIPE us off the face of the map”, read Makau’s tweet.

His remarks follow President Uhuru’s  Tuesday, March 17 call to Kenyans to turn to God and pray for the nation as imminent shutdown looms.

There were 7 confirmed cases of the virus as of Wednesday, March 18.

President Uhuru announced Saturday, March 21 to be a national prayer day where the country will seek forgiveness from God and pray for the country.

Mutua’s remarks elicited mixed reactions, with some netizens slamming the professor for arrogance.

“Makau: Is there anything wrong with the integration of prayers and science? Our Kamba people are going to Kwausya mamanye muimu uu wiitwa ata…Libations are being poured to ask ancestors to intercede and save us. Let’s use all scientific and religious arrows in our quiver,” read a tweet from former CJ Willy Mutunga.

“Science is humanity and humanity has failed terribly, GOD is ABOVE ALL,” Gideon Katheka opined.

 “2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. #PrayerRallytoStopCovid19”, John Mark proved him wrong by quoting the Bible.

However, some netizens thought Mutua made sense.

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