If 212 politicians assembled at State House, how is it impossible to open churches? — Murkomen asks

By Vincent Kejitan | Tuesday, Jun 2nd 2020 at 16:28
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Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen on Tuesday put pressure on the government to fast-track reopening of churches but with adherence to social distancing.

In a somewhat veiled dig at the country’s leadership, the senator used the example of the Jubilee Parliamentary Group Meeting that was held at State House and was chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Murkomen said that if such a meeting was arranged and social distancing was adhered to, then the same should be extended to churches and other places of worship.

“212 politicians assembled today in SH to do their thing with masks and social distance.

“How is it impossible to open churches, mosques, temples etc with similar protocols?” he asked.

President Kenyatta on Monday hinted at the reopening of places of worship.

While delivering his Madaraka Day speech at State House, the President said he shared the heavy hearts of all those who can no longer worship as they used to.

As part of the measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the country, the government ordered closure of all places of worship in March and President Kenyatta has now called on all stakeholders involved to hasten consultations and come up with a workable plan.

“I share the heavy hearts of all the faithful who can no longer congregate and share in worship in that regard, and conscious of the emerging trend of infections.

“I direct the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health to continue and hasten their engagement with religious leaders; with the objective of developing protocols that will be adopted to guide a more participatory way of worship while guaranteeing the safety of worshipers,” he said.

Religious leaders around the country have been putting pressure on the government to re-open places of worship, some arguing that Covid-19 should be battled on the altar.

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