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Inter-faith Council to release guidelines on reopening of places of worship

Progress has been made to harmonize the views of all the religious communities, other presentations.

In Summary

• To ensure the eventual guidelines are in tandem with the faith traditions and the input received, the council will conduct 10 regional meetings for validation.

• The Council also urged the patience of Kenyans as it concludes the initial development of indicative guidelines and hopes to have Interim Guidelines and Report withing the next week.

Interfaith Council Chairman Archbishop Anthony Muheria and members of the council address press at Ufungamano House, Nairobi on June 27, 2020/ANDREW KASUKU
Interfaith Council Chairman Archbishop Anthony Muheria and members of the council address press at Ufungamano House, Nairobi on June 27, 2020/ANDREW KASUKU

The Inter-faith council is set to release guidelines on reopening of places of worship in the next one week

In a statement on Saturday, the Council's chairperson Rev Anthony Muheria said the mandate of the Council, among, others is developing guidelines for safe phased re-opening of places of worship, developing guidelines on celebration of weddings, funerals and other religious ceremonies.

They will also develop a programme to create public awareness and capacity building of all religious leaders on the guidelines.

"We have worked out and developed a working plan that will help us follow a working plan and guidelines of the tasked activities and their implementation," he said.

The cleric added that the council felt there was a need to hold consultative meetings with representatives of all religious communities in the country to receive input to inform the guidelines.

"The Council has received other presentations by various religious groups and interests persons. We are open to receive any submissions form organised religious groups who can get in touch with our secretariat," Muheria added.

The council further said progress has been made in harmonising the views of all the religious communities and other presentations.

These have been cross referenced by the emerging best practices from other parts of the world and other proposals developed by regional consultations held prior to the appointment of the Council.

"We invite the public to participate in this process by inviting feedback through sending a memorandum to the council through its email address [email protected] to reach the Council by July 2, 2020," he said.

To ensure the eventual guidelines are in tandem with the faith traditions and the input received, the council will conduct 10 regional meetings for validation.

"We also commit to ensure that this is an open and transparent process and thus have opened a Twitter account for updates on the Council's activities @InterfaithC20."

The Council also called for patience among Kenyans as it concludes the development of the guidelines and hopes to have Interim Guidelines and Report withing the next week.

"The safe reopening of the places of worship will depend on our compliance to the current MoH guidelines and those that this Council will represent. We urge all our members and congregants to fully embrace the new normal to prevent the spread of new infections," he said.

Edited by EKibii