Church and Clergy Association of Kenya now wants the Government to reconsider its decision to close churches in the in the COVID-19 disease infected Counties.
Association Chairman Bishop Hudson Ndeda says the phased reopening of churches had worked well arguing that the Church had religiously observed the protocols set by the Ministry of Health.
Ndeda argued that the political gatherings witnessed in the Country in the last few months escalated the spread of the virus while the Government’s failure to monitor its borders facilitated the entry of the new variant.
“The Government should allow the Church to operate as a responsible institution. Allowing Matatus to operate at 60 per cent capacity, markets and shops to operate normally, and crowded streets to remain the same but order for the closure of places of worship is a mockery in a Country that is highly religious,” said Ndeda.
Ndeda now wants the Government to review its Public Oder no. 2 of 2021 on COVID-19 saying the church shouldn’t bear the blunt of other peoples’ mistakes.
“The closure of the places of worship was ill advised, unnecessary and points to the low regard the Government has on churches,” said Ndeda in a press statement.
He said Kenyans were grateful with the phased reopening of churches adding that the Church had improvised ways to avoid physical contact and can’t there be blamed for the increase in numbers during the third wave.
Ndeda said the Church had also developed programs to offer social support to victims of job loss, bereavement, business closure among others.
The association also wants the political class to take responsibility of their actions saying the government’s decision to hold rallies to popularize BBI as well as the Tanga Tanga rallies across the Country are to blame for the third wave as they didn’t observe the protocols on prevention of the virus.
Ndeda says it’s punitive for the government to lockdown some Counties without cushioning Kenyans.
He has now called on the government to ensure that form four students who are sitting for their exams will get home safely once they are done.
Ndeda has also urged the police to stop interfering with online services claiming some officers are going to churches to arrest those streaming the services.