A young girl in northern Kenya digs a hole in a river bed to retrieve water.Photo/Getty Images

A ‘prophet’ of the Akorino religious sect has issued a stern warning that Kenya will be hit with severe drought for belittling God.

Joseph Murage, 63, said that God will severely punish the country if Kenyans fail to repent.

Speaking on Sunday in the streets of Embu town, Mr.Murage added that the drought will lead to famine and death.

“I have been sent to warn Kenyans to change their ways. If they fail, they will suffer from drought. Kenyans will not hide from his message; the clouds will gather that no rains will fall,’’ he said as quoted by eDaily.

He added that the dry spell will last for a while and asked intercessors to plead with God to spare Kenya.

“I am urging Kenyans to heed this warning and beg God for Mercy in order to spare the country of this disaster.”

The prophet’s words comes as various parts of Kenya continue to grapple with drought and hunger.

Five counties in the Coast region are staring at starvation with Kilifi being hardest hit. Kinango in Kwale and Lamu West sub-counties are in the severe vegetation deficit band.

Parts of Garissa, Lamu, Makueni, Kajiado, Narok, Marsabit, Isiolo and Samburu counties have also been hit by significant shortages of water and pasture, leading to deaths of livestock.

According to the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), the situation is threatening 1.3 million lives in Kenya.

The agency says it is preparing for a possible La Niña event, which may set up the country for more severe food shortages.