Harrison Mumia, the outspoken President of The Atheists in Kenya (AIK) Society, has released a press statement that slams a leading institution of higher learning in Kenya for holding a ‘Day of Prayer’ themed on the ravaging global pandemic, Covid-19.
The University of Nairobi conducted a DAY OF PRAYER on 23rd July 2020, ostensibly to pray for COVID-19.
In the press statement sent to liberal newsrooms and published widely online, Mr. Harrison Mumia writes:
As a University aiming at the world-class status, this was disreputable, embarrassing and shameful. The University of Nairobi should endeavor to position itself as a research institution and not an institution seeking supernatural solutions to human problems.
World class universities like the University of Oxford have recently developed and are currently testing a vaccine for CORONAVIRUS. We find it odd that the University of Nairobi, an institution of higher learning, is institutionalizing PRAYER DAYS.
The UoN and other institutions of higher learning in Kenya should focus their energies towards making significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge through research, science and innovation. We are not against the freedom of worship and religion. This is enshrined in our constitution. We condemn the institutionalization of prayer days at UoN.
Sub-Saharan Africa is at the bottom of every indicator in research and world-class universities. The Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Stephen Gitahi Kiama of Nairobi should ABOLISH PRAYER DAYS and focus on building robust academic research systems at UoN.
Well, makes sense.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kiama said the institution will respond with a statement after consultations.