Deputy President William Ruto has appealed to spiritual leaders to make timely presentations to the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya established by the Government to expedite the reopening of the places of worship.
The council was constituted with the directive of President Uhuru Kenyatta to assess the essential protocols that will be viable in helping the religious settings get back to operation without exposing the faithful to the threat(s) posed by Covid-19.
“Ministries of Interior and Health within seven days, constitutes an Inter-Faith Council, to work out modalities and protocols of re-opening of the places of worship. That in the meantime, the ban on all forms of gatherings, including but not limited to political gatherings, social gatherings, including bars be and is hereby extended for a further 30 days,” President Kenyatta had said in a past state address.
DP Ruto has noted the progress in the ongoing discussions within the council and he is hopeful soon a final evaluation will be submitted before the next course of action is taken.
“We are pleased the Council is already developing protocols for the systematic resumption of services in the houses of prayer in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the DP said.
Kenyans are still torn between favoring the re-opening of worship places or they remain shut until the prevailing situation normalizes fully.