Mourners forced to wash their hands before attending burial service in Lugari

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Mourners washing their hands at the gate before they could be allowed to the burial service
Mourners washing their hands at the gate before they could be allowed to the burial service

In a move to ensure the government’s guidelines in helping to control the spread of Coronavirus are adhered to, all mourners who attended a burial service at Marachi village in Marakusi sub location, Lugari sub county were forced to wash their hands before they could be allowed into the service. 

The local administration led by Savala Community Area administrator Moses Mulama Marachi and the Community Health Volunteer team led by Mr. Ephrahim Mutiva mounted tanks of water at the gate with enough detergent and ensured that nobody enter the compound of the late Mzee Timona Tarus Onzere without washing hands. 

The crowd and the sitting arrangement was also regulated with some of the mourners being forced to follow proceedings next to the fence. 

“Since the day Mzee Tarus died we have ensured that nobody enters this compound without washing hands and we have also regulated the crowd in accordance with the government’s guidelines,” said Mulama. 

Also leaders who attended the funeral led by Lugari MP Ayub Savula and his Mutungu counterpart Justus Murunga stressed the need to observe health regulations concerning the spread of the deadly virus. 

“Let us take this Corona issue seriously we should avoid shaking hands, crowding and also let us wash and sanitize our hands regularly,” said Savula. 

Lugari District Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) church overseer Rev.  Kennedy Onzere urged pastors and other church leaders to ensure there is sufficient water at their churches and all faithful wash their hands before entering the church. He also advised pastors to ensure services don’t take long. 

Above all Rev. Onzere called on everyone to turn to God as the only healer and protector. “If it’s about dying let’s all die in God we should have faith in him because in Him and we will rest in peace so we should not fear death but fear God and avoid evil,” said the overseer.