Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has assured the clergy that the government is planning to facilitate small church fellowships during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The CS said that the state would facilitate church leaders to move around praying with small groups as long as they observe the Ministry of Health’s social distancing directives.
Matiang’i was speaking after a meeting with religious leaders today, which Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and his Education counterpart attended.
According to Matiang’i, the government will do everything possible to facilitate religious leaders when they are either recording services or moving around to counsel small groups and pray with people as long as they observe the containment measures.
Matiang’i noted that the meeting with the religious leaders was initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is keen at seeing the leaders work together with the government amid the health crisis.
The interior CS noted that the clergy is one of the government’s critical actors and stakeholders in the containment of coronavirus pandemic the country is facing, and they will keep consulting with them.
He said that the president had directed all sectors involved in the fight to constantly engage the religious leaders on the war against the calamity.
Matiang’ i also shared the government’s willingness to work with the clergy on his social media platforms.
“The government is determined to work very closely with faith-based organizations, especially our religious leaders,” he tweeted.
He went ahead to say that Covid-19 is a challenge facing all Kenyans, and it is time Kenyans work together to win the battle.
The government will choose two representatives from among the religious leaders to sit on the National Emergency Response Committee (NERC) on Covid-19.
In March, the government ordered the closure of all places of worship as part of the directives to curb the spread of covid-19.
Two church leaders moved to court to petition the ban, after which the court allowed the leaders to attend church and conduct online services.