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Work with the Church to fight Corona Virus, state urged

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Addressing the press on Saturday at a Anglican Church of Kenya in Kisii, Anglican Bishop John Omangi said that the church has already adhered to the set guidelines on the fight against COVID 19 an it is good for the nation to partner and work with the church respectively.

pRev John Omangi and other Gusii Gospel Ministers addressing the press PHOTO/ Brighton Makori

The government has been urged to collaborate with churches to ensure the fight against the fight  Corona virus Pandemic is won.

Speaking to the media in Kisii, a section of the clergy under the Gusii Gospel ministers Forum has called upon the state to work in tandem church ministers to ensure the fight is successful

 Addressing the press on Saturday at a Anglican Church of Kenya  in Kisii,  Anglican Bishop John Omangi said that the church has already adhered to the set guidelines on the fight against COVID 19 an it is good for the nation to partner and work with the church respectively.  

“The church has been doing  many things including provision of civic  education, health services  and also in peace building and conflict resolution in past occasions hence the government should embrace them”, Bishop Omangi statement on behalf of the clerics.

 ” We are calling for the state to involve the church in the fight of  this pandemic as it has been doing before in other occasions ” he added.

Bishop Omangi added that the Church is alarmed by impressions created in minds of people that the church is a weaker link in the spread of the virus as untrue and unfounded.

The clerics sentiments comes barely few days after the Catholic Church clerics complained to the meia council of Kenya for their reporting indicating the church a s ‘Agents of Death’ headlined in the Standard newspaper headline.

 The clerics has however said that the church has always been available and still available to collaborate and be a strong in combating the COVID19 pandemic.

 At the same time Bishop Joseph Otieno who is the county Director of Kenya
National Congress of Pentecostal churches has urged the state to proactively engage the church through laid leadership for structured and constructive collaboration in the fight against Corona.

They also called the state to allow church  services to continue with a minimum of 15 people attending since shutting down churches while life is still going on is tantamount to telling God that we can do without him.

Bishop Omangi however has faulted the excessive use of force by the Kenya police in enforcing the presidential directives on the curfew which started yesterday night.

“We  recommend that let the police educate and guide Kenyans instead of causing harm and injury to the already overburdened Kenyans as witnessed in Mombasa and other parts of the e country.