Yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyatta gave the country an update on the coronavirus pandemic following a confirmed case and the isolation of 22 people in the country.
While speaking outside the Harambee Annex in Nairobi, he confirmed two more cases of coronavirus, bringing to three the number of cases so far confirmed in the country.
He also ordered the closure of schools and institutions of higher learning in the coming week, urging Kenyan companies to allow their employees to opt to work from home.
Friday’s announcement that Kenya had confirmed its first case of Covid-19 caused ripples, including the suspension of all public gatherings as some of the precautionary measures.
The risks, especially in major cities, however, remain high. Even higher for those who use public transport to and from work.
Eateries, shopping malls, offices, banks, churches, mosques, schools and colleges, have also been labelled as high-risk areas.
It was due to this reason that unamused netizens descended upon flamboyant Kenyan “Reverend” Lucy Natasha of the “Prophetic Latter Glory Ministries International” when she made a rather irresponsible tweet on Monday morning; calling on city dwellers to attend a church service she plans to host at a hotel along Kenyatta Avenue in the wake of the current potential epidemic.
Welcome Today for Miracle Monday Service Today at 680 hotel along Kenyatta Avenue from 5.30pm to 8.30pm! (Exhibition Hall)
— Rev Lucy Natasha (@RevLucyNatasha) March 16, 2020
In the replies section, internet users took it upon themselves to school the preacher on matters Coronavirus and why it is an extremely bad idea to set up gatherings during such an outbreak.
It’s coz of such irresponsible actions that South Korea has a full blown #covid19, patient 31 defied docs warning went to church twice, 70% of SK infections are traced to the church, 8,000+ infected, 80+ dead. Tell your followers to pray from home, let them livestream services
— Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) March 16, 2020
We are listening to scientists not silly religious degenerates.
— Francis Gaitho (@Kenyafootball) March 16, 2020
People who are taking advantage of others in the name of God. Why do you want to kill our people for a buck???? WHY?
— Doctor Who (@Wanjala) March 16, 2020
This is very irresponsible of you! The state is already in such a precarious position and fears of spreading of #COVID19 are rising while you choose to be ignorant? @MOH_Kenya @DCI_Kenya pls take note of this – let this not be another case similar to South Korea of #Patient31
— Suhayl (@suhayllo) March 16, 2020
Stop congregating. Pray from home. This is irresponsible of you.
— Thomas Perez Munyao (@perezmunyao) March 16, 2020
Stop! Livestream your services if you must. We need social distancing. Ama you want @PoliceKE to come stop your services? Obey the guidelines. God hears even in our secret places
— IreneNM #TuJadili (@TuJadili) March 16, 2020
kama ni sadaka unataka tutakutumia Mpesa
— Waigoko Kimengemenge (@jrobah) March 16, 2020
Natasha’s source of wealth, which includes an expensive fleet of high end limousines, has for a long time been subject to question.
She, however, unconvincingly maintains it does not come in form of tithe and offerings from her followers but instead funded by partners, international missions and her poorly-selling books.
Born and bredin Nairobi’s famous Huruma Estate, Natasha quickly found fame online after clips of her often lively sermons began circulating on social media.