Interfaith Council asks politicians to stop political gatherings

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Deputy President William Ruto speaking to Bumula residents on Sunday, September 27th Photo/courtesy

The Interfaith Council of Kenya has asked politicians to postpone their political gatherings in order to tackle the spread of Covid-19. This comes even as Kenyans are embracing a new normal, and sectors of the economy and society reopening in phases, with the government warning that danger still lingers. Speaking to the press on Tuesday, the Interfaith Council chairman archbishop Anthony Muheria urged politicians not to gamble with the lives of Kenyans.

He said politicians need to give an example of compliance beyond just wearing masks, “Please postpone your political gatherings that that put our people at risk because they gather without social distancing,” he said. The Council has lauded the resilience shown by Kenyans in the war against Covid-19 so far, and urged Kenyans to continue observing the infection prevention protocols.

On the matter of weddings and funerals, Muheria said all infection prevention protocols must be adhered to at all functions. He said no food shall be served at funerals and that bodies should be transported straight to places of service. He said funerals shouldn’t be misused as other platforms, “We need to recover the meaning of a funeral as a political gathering and not a political or public spectacle platform.”

He said funerals will not last for more than 2 hours and only 50 people will be allowed by the graveside. At weddings, he said the attendance allowed will be 200 people as outlined by President Uhuru Kenyatta, and food will only be served to members of the extended family.