Prophet David Owuor of the Repentance and Holiness Ministry has said Kenya is currently experiencing drought – and in some sections, famine – because her population and leadership have distanced themselves from God.
Prophet Owuor has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to set aside one day for national prayers, which will see Kenyans dedicate their lives to God.
Prophet Owuor made the statement Tuesday on Jesus Is Lord Radio, an FM station run by the church.
“What I see right now I see a famine. I see a lot of people walking. I see a lot of people walking in columns like this carrying some little containers, and so forth. So there is a famine that is coming here. And again, let me say this: I see people walking, in this land walking, walking in a large column. It looks like in the dry areas of this country. And so there is a big famine. This famine may be very big if they do not bring repentance before the Lord,” said Prophet Owuor.
“That means this nation needs prayer. I need to pray for this land. I need to pray for this country that it may rain and there be no famine. But I see a lot of famine and I see these things happen. And when you read the Bible, the Bible says very clearly that I gave you famine. I placed unto you famine. I took away bread from you. I made your teeth white. (White teeth means famine, white and long.) I made your teeth white, and yet you have not yet returned to me.
“So the Lord is asking that this country to return to Him in repentance and holiness, and then you will be able to mitigate and remedy on this famine that is coming. And again, the Lord has shown me people walking in the dry areas walking in long columns with – I see a big sauce pans or something or plate – and the Lord has shown me that. And so He is saying that there is a famine that is coming here; however, the Lord is saying that I gave you famine. I hungered thee. I made your teeth long and white, and yet you have not yet returned to me.
“So the Lord is asking for repentance in this land of Kenya. Then there must be a National Repentance where all the leadership and all the people gather as one person and go before the Lord.
“This nation that has been so beloved of the Lord that has seen the goodness of the Lord. She needs to learn to go back to the same God that healed her cripples, the blind, and deaf, and mute, and paralytics, and spinal cord injuries, HIV/AIDS, and everything. She needs to go back to that God. That that God may now, also now, cover her on this nakedness of famine.
“I see a famine that is coming to this land. I hear the famine, but I see people walking–kind of a long column thin like this–with a plate and a sauce pan in their hand. So the Lord is asking this country to repent and return to holiness and prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah. This country cannot ignore the Lord!
“And only the Lord will bring rain. Rain will not come from the United Nations Security Council. Rain will not come from the World Bank. It will not come from IMF. It will not come from anywhere. Rain will not come from a government policy paper. Rain comes from the Lord!
“May those who have ears prepare for repentance. I know the big ministry that is here, the Ministry of Repentance and Holiness of more than 20 million people, have already begun a national repentance this Sunday, yesterday. And that repentance continues on and on nonstop until the Lord comes down again to love this country, and stop this famine.”
The United Nations had said in December, 2016 that Kenya needs to brace itself for worsening drought in 2017.
The UN had used a new early warning system that predicts the availability of forage for animals in the country’s arid livestock-dependent north.
People and animals’ lives are at risk because they have not had a chance to recover from drought in 2014 as rains were also poor in 2015 and 2016, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.
“We really are concerned that the situation is going to deteriorate rapidly early into next year,” Piers Simpkin, a livestock expert with FAO in Kenya, told a news conference.
“There is serious drought looming in early 2017.”
Large swathes of Africa are experiencing severe drought, with 39 million people hit by a crisis predicted to peak early 2017.
The predictive livestock early warning system, developed together with Texas A and M University, shows how much forage will be available in Kenya up to May 2017, using computer modeling of water flows and vegetation growth.
“The months of April and May will present a big challenge,” said FAO’s Joseph Matere, an expert working on the early warning system.
Kenya’s long rains season, from March to May, is critical for the wellbeing of its farmers and livestock herders.
The 2016 long rains were poor, leaving 1.3 million Kenyans in need of food aid, according to the government, which has started distributing maize, beans and rice to hungry people in the worst-affected northern and coastal regions.
Long rains in 2017 are also likely to be poor, with a delayed start and below average rainfall, Matere said.
FAO has released $400,000 (KSh42 million) to spend in Kenya on training, vaccination, animal feed and encouraging people to sell animals before they fall sick.
“Generally, responses to drought or crisis are too little and too late,” said Simpkin, adding that it can take several months for emergency aid to reach people on the ground.
“In the past, money for water trucking is released after the rains have fallen.”
Early responses cost $10 (KSh1000) per family, compared to $50 (KSh5, 200) per family at the height of a crisis, he said.
The drought situation in the arid and semi-arid areas in the country is so dire that ongoing IEBC voter registration in Samburu County has been affected, with some residents fleeing due to drought.
Samburu West election co-ordinator Daniel Learum however said they would ensure that residents who had migrated to areas within the constituency were registered.