Friday May 22, 2020 – National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, addressed concerns about the growing number of cases of Covid19 in Kenya including the common modes of transmission witnessed over the past weeks.

Addressing journalists at his office on Friday, Raila urged Kenyans to avoid crowds especially in funerals.

He advised bereaved families to maintain a crowd of 15 people and bury their loved ones where they die to avoid traveling far distances.

Raila’s statement came a day after Health CS Mutahi Kagwe highlighted an incident of a group of people who left Kibra to escort a body for final rites in Ugenya, Siaya County.

“The Siaya story is a sad one because the departure point is in Kibera where someone without the authority to sign a document authorized travel of the mourners who were themselves positive,” Kagwe said.

Raila urged members of the Luo community to follow the directive and allow close relatives to bury their loved ones.

“When it comes to funerals, let us cease with our normal customs of meeting together to comfort the bereaved.”

“Let the responsibility of administering final rites remain with the immediate family and let it involve only 15 people who will go their separate ways afterwards,” he said.


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