As the government opens restaurants, Uasin Gishu religious leaders want government to rescind its decision to ban congregation in churches and to open the churches across the country under strict directives.
Speaking at Cathedral grounds, Bishop of the catholic Diocese of Eldoret, Dominic Kimengich said that the church can offer crucial services such as counseling the depressed during this time of Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Government announced easing of measures especially in regard to people going to restaurants, now most of our people especially Christians are also asking why that should not also be extended to churches. Our people are really suffering especially Catholics when they stay for too long without receiving the eucharis” Bishop Kimengich said.
Bishop Kimengich who hopes that their request will be considered, said that the desire of a number of religious leaders is that the government to consider how best people come to church adhering to the measures which are in place so that people may receive spiritual strength again and be able to continue with their relationship with God as they go to church.
On the other hand, Bishop Peter Simwa of High Vision Christian Centre who is also the chair Eldoret Gospel ministers Association urged the government to allow the churches to meet for prayers in seeking God’s intervention while adhering to the Government’s directives given by the president.
“As they have allowed other
sectors to operate, we can also operate and strictly follow the government’s directive as stipulated by the law” he said.
Bishop Simwa wants churches to also be listed as essential service provider like other sectors adding that 85 percent of Kenyans are Christians; therefore, they should not be denied the need of getting spiritual nourishment.
They also urged the government to include a minister of the gospel to always be with the CS as they give briefing on covid-19 to give prayers and also hope for the nation.