Pastors Fellowship in Narok town has lauded the move by President Uhuru Kenyatta to re-open churches after a 15-week closure due to Covid-19.
Addressing journalists in Narok town on Tuesday, the Fellowship Chairperson, Bishop Peter Nakola said the churches will strictly follow guidelines put by the government to avert the spread of Covid-19.
“We don’t need to be supervised by anyone to follow the laid down guidelines. We are obedient and law-abiding citizens because we do not want the church to be an epicenter of the spread of coronavirus,” he reiterated.
Nakola lamented that at the period when the church was closed down, gender-based violence cases have been on the rise and many teenage pregnancies and defilements have been reported.
“The children have been misbehaving because there is no guidance and mentorship from the church, but we hope that now the church is opened, they will receive some spiritual nourishment that will help them behave in a good manner,” said Bishop Nakola.
The Pastors Fellowship Secretary Rev. Fredrick Lemama said though the churches were streaming online services, most of the congregation did not benefit as only a few have the requisite gadgets.
Rev. Lemama said they will continue praying for the nation so that the deadly virus does not spread to the grassroots.
“It is our duty to pray for this nation because God has put us to watch over His flocks. I urge all pastors to be vigilant in praying for our nation,” he said.
At the same time, the Narok Line Sacco Services management that plies the Narok- Nairobi route commended the President for lifting the lockdown in Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties.
According to their supervisor, Moses Kuyioni, the transport sector had been severely affected as it had lost over 1000 employees who were employed at their various bus stops along the Narok-Maai Mahiu- Nairobi route.
“We have lost over Sh.10 Million in the short time that we closed down,” said Kuyioni.
He reiterated that the company could be forced to increase fare as they have incurred huge losses since the shutdown.
David Karanja, a renowned Narok- Nairobi driver echoed his sentiments saying he had been struggling to feed his family since the lock down in mid-March.
By Ann Salaton