President Uhuru Kenyatta hinted that he was thinking of re-opening churches and schools as he addressed the nation on 1 June 2020 during the 57th Madaraka celebration at the State House.
In his speech, the President noted that he was aware of the anxiety of the parents and the students particularly those preparing for their national exams as well as the churchgoers who can no longer congregate to worship.
“I appreciate the anxiety that is weighing heavily on the minds of parents and children particularly those preparing for national exams. I share the heavy hearts of all the faithfuls who can no longer congregate the share the worship of the Almighty,” he said.
He went on to note that with the emerging trend of COVID-19 infections, he was directing the Ministry of Education to fast track and finalize the ongoing consultations with all the stakeholders and come up with a calendar for the resumption of education in the country.
“In this regard and conscious of the emerging trend of infections, I am hereby directing that the Ministry of Education fast tracks and finalizes the ongoing consultations with all stakeholders that will provide us with the appropriate calendar for the gradual resumption of education in the country,” he added.
He further added that the guidelines should include protocols that would be followed by all learning institutions in order to guarantee not only the safety of the students but also the safety of the parents.
On re-opening worship places, the President pointed out that he had directed the Ministry of Interior led by Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and the Ministry of Health led by Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe to hasten their engagement with the religious leaders.
This as he explained was to come up with the objectives of developing protocols that would be adopted to guide a more participatory way of worship while guaranteeing the safety of worshipers.
He went on to laud the healthcare workers who have been working day and night to make sure that Kenyans who have contracted the virus recover from it.