Pastors from various parts of Mombasa County have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to hasten the reopening churches.

Led by chairman Elijah Malavu, under Mombasa Pastors Fellowship, the clergymen said the Covid-19 outbreak had made them suffer.

Malavu said that most men of cloth in the coastal county and across the country had become broke since the closure of worship places towards the end of March.

Speaking at Mama Ngina Garden, the cleric said that most of his colleagues have resorted to manual jobs to provide for their families.

“Most of us are broke because our church members are at home and unable to give tithes and offerings. We appeal to President Uhuru Kenyatta to open churches at the soonest,” he said.

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Malavu further remarked that the number of teen girls getting pregnant during this period would have been low if the teenagers had somewhere they could have gone for counselling and spiritual nourishment.

“If the government did not close worship places, the young would be coming for help. We would have organised seminars to sensitise them on the dangers of early pregnancies.”

In addition, the pastors said that they were ready to obey government protocols when worship resumes.

The government has already engaged religious leaders and made proposals and presented them to the President before the places of worship can be reopened.

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President Kenyatta is expected to give the recommendations on Monday, 6th July, when he will address the nation.

The Head of State will provide a roadmap to be used for progressive reopening of the country.

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