There was drama at Redeemed Gospel Church in Manyani, Kivumbini ward in Nakuru East subcounty on Sunday morning after police stormed the premise following reports that there was ongoing service contrary to COVID-19 protocols.
The police from Bondeni Police station landed at the church at around 10.30am after receiving a tip- off that Service was ongoing.
The service that was ongoing had to come to an end immediately.
According to one of the locals,the names of the pastor of the church and afew members who were in the service were recorded perhaps to face the arm of the law for going against the COVID-19 protocols.
The move left area locals in shock with many wondering why men of cloth could allow a congregational worship.
“Why should pastors go against the laid down government procedures?If the goverment said no to congregational worship,let the clergy obey” said one of the locals.
But a source from the church indicated that there was no congregational worship,but rather a service that was being transmitted via online.
President Uhuru Kenyatta during his 19th COVID-19 address, suspended all worship gatherings in the counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru as apart of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 infections in the country.
The ban which took effect from Saturday, March 27 will remain in force until further notice.
“That all physical/In-person and congregational worship in ALL places of worship in the Counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru stands suspended until otherwise notified,” said Kenyatta.
In regard to the other 42 counties congregational worship shall continue to be conducted in keeping with the one-third rule and in
accordance with the guidelines of the Inter-Faith Council.
President Kenyatta said Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru have been declared disease infected areas, noting that they account for 70 percent of the country’s total infections.