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Trouble For Kenyans, New Directives On Funerals

Shadrack Olaka

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Photo: George Natembeya the Regional Commissioner for Rift Valley

George Natembeya the Regional Commissioner for Rift Valley has ordered that all burial ceremonies in the Rift Valley region to proceed with the presence of a chief or the assistant chief.

According to him, the said chiefs will be the ones performing the masters of ceremony roles at all burials to ensure that the families adheres to Covid-19 protocols as they bury their loved ones.

In a press conference on Friday in Nakuru County, the Rift Valley boss explained that the decision was reached as a way of ensuring full compliance with the Health Ministry’s measures amid the increasing number of Covid-19 infections in the region.

He strictly warned the chiefs of serious consequences should there be reported funerals with more than a 100 people as directed by the Head of State in last week’s press address.

In addition, Natembeya said that chiefs should strictly ensure that the bodies are burried within 72 hours and any family failing to comply to be reported.

The Regional Commander also issued a stern warning to police officers who allow the movement of vehicles past curfew hours in the region.

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He cautioned the corrupt officers who loves taking bribes from matatu drivers to be dealt with and shall be personally responsible if they are caught allowing movement at a fee.

Natembeya said that there will be roadblocks erected between Turbo in Uasin Gishu and Kinungi in Nakuru County and a multi-agency team shall be manning it to ensure the enforcement of maximum discipline.

He also said that routine check shall be observed on commercial premises in the region to ensure compliance with the MoH’s guidelines.

The Regional boss also touched on all public gatherings in the region stating that tough actions shall be taken against leaders or politicians identified to be notorious in conducting meetings against the given measures.

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