The Kisii County interfaith council has urged the county and national governments to support it with funds and materials to set up sub county committees to fight the Covid 19.
Addressing the press in Kisii town on Thursday , the official led Council’s Executive Secretary, Pastor Samson Omwange challenged the government to channel funds ,masks and sanitizers through the council to distribute to people at the grassroots.
According to the council, unlike politicians, if given funds , masks and Sanitizers they will ensure that they reach many people and distribute them fairly .
Omwange noted that the battle against the pandemic can only be won if all stakeholders are involved, since the church has wide and strong networks in the villages and can complement political leaders and government officers avail masks to locals.
” We urge both Governments to work with interfaith council by providing them with funds , there is money which has been given to counties through funds , we urge that be considered so that we can reach as many people in rural areas ” he added
They also commended the government for increasing the age of faithful attending church services from 58 to 65, reducing those of children from 13 to 6 and increasing the number of funeral attendants from 15 to 100, terming it a relief churches
” we are happy for the announcement of the Government, us we call upon our members to continue following guidelines set by the ministry in the fight against the pandemic”
Bishop Omangi of Anglican Church lauded Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matiangi’s directive that security officers respect and work with church leaders in the fight against covid 19.
Last week, the cabinet Secretary, accompanied by health colleague, Mutahi Kagwe warned security officers in Kisii against harassing church leaders and instead embrace dialogue to resolve conflicts.
Officials in the meeting were Southern Nyanza Anglican Church of Kenya Bishop John Omangi, Pastors- Charles Isaboke, Daniel Atera, Bishop Joseph Otieno, Hezekiah Onchoke and Mohamed Salim
“We are optimistic with united effort, we will succeed and believe God will heal the sick and comfort the bereaved families”they said