The Elgeyo Marakwet County government will take strict legal action against an individual or group of people who will violate the guidelines that their loved ones’ remains are buried as quickly as possible and no ceremonies allowed in order to avoid the risk of spread of COVID-19.
The call was issued by the CEC health Kiprono Chepkok who says that to ensure public safety and especially at this time when the world is looking forward to the fight against the spread of the virus, all corpses should be buried within 24 hours after death occurs.
“Some have started delaying burrying their loved ones by taking upto 4 days which is against the directive given” he said
This follows the government’s directive against huge gatherings and limiting the attendance of funerals to only nuclear family members to contain the spread of the virus.
Addressing the media in Iten when he was receiving equipments worth Sh.1.6 million from World Vision, which will be used to address the risk of widely spread virus, Chepkok says every citizen has a responsibility to strictly adhere to the rules of dealing with the virus, while emphasizing the importance of everyone wearing a mask.
“If you are found violating the rules put in place by not wearing mask while in public, you will be arrested and charged ” Chepkok warned