The Clergy Association of Kenya (CAK) has urged the government to direct landlords across the country to give tenants a three-month relief from paying their monthly rent amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
According to the Association, this will enable many Kenyans who have been greatly affected by the global health crisis to recover from its distress.
Addressing the press earlier today, the clergy said that though they are grateful for the interventions the state has put in place to cushion its citizens from the pandemic, it should be noted that many Kenyans have been sent home on unpaid leave.
In a statement, the association said that many families are also struggling to cope up with maintaining children at home after schools were closed to protect the children from the dreaded virus.
“The situation on the ground is proving tough for many families. Businesses have been affected, and there is no flow of cash,” read part of the statement.
The clergy asked the government to advise all landlords in Kenya to allow tenants living on rentals to stay at least for three months without being harassed so that they can deal with the coronavirus shock.
The clergy further urged Kenyans to turn to God and pray during this difficult period and ask for the grace to help the less fortunate in the society.
They said that the government should urgently put a plan on providing food for Kenyans who can’t feed themselves during this period.
The clergy said this is because the current curfew has put many Kenyans in a fixed situation, and even getting a meal has become a challenge to them.
“If proper measures are not put in place, we might find ourselves as a country defending people from a disease that has a 14-day incubation period while killing millions on the other side with hunger,” they said.
According to the clergy, the government should review its order on closing places of worship, stating that closing the places of worship is giving the devil ‘chance to manifest.’
The association also asked the government to let each church at least have ten officials who will play a role in drawing the country closer to God.
“It is not good for a nation that has faith in God to shut down places of worship completely. God still remains our strong pillar despite every circumstance. Shutting down places of worship is allowing the devil to manifest and instill fear among worshippers,” the clergy said.