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Monday, June 8, 2020 – The Atheist community in Kenya has welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision not to reopen churches and other religious institutions in the country that have been closed due to the covid19 pandemic.
In a statement issued by Atheists in Kenya Assistant Secretary, Kio Kinuthia, the community lauded the Government for relying on scientific data to make decisions regarding the Coronavirus situation in the country and not religious persuasion.
“It is not lost on us that some church leaders have been calling for the Government to allow churches to reopen, despite statistics showing that the country has recorded 1,510 new cases, up 830 cases since the last extension on the ban on gathering in May.”
“Such calls are deplorable under the current circumstances,” Kinuthia, said.
“The Government should always be guided by science on coronavirus and should never bend to religious persuasions in matters of public health,” he added.
Mr. Kinuthia went on to call out churches for noise pollution in many residential areas across the country.
“We also note that before the Kenya Government imposed a ban on public gatherings, noise pollution by churches was the norm in many residential areas.”
“Since the ban on public gatherings, many Kenyans continue to experience tranquil, peace and quiet in their neighbourhoods,” he said.
During his address to the nation on Saturday, June 6th, President Uhuru insisted that all public gatherings are still not allowed.
However, the President revealed that the National Emergency Response Committee (NERC) will hold meetings with religious leaders to discuss on the possibility of opening of churches and mosques.
The Kenyan DAILY POST.