Kingi mulls shutting down Churches and Mosques over covid-19 surge

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi during a press briefing. The County has launched BBI signature collection drive./COURTESY

Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi has threatened to order the closure of mosques and churches in the county for flouting COVID-19 containment measures.

Speaking in Kilifi, Kingi warned clerics to ensure their congregants strictly abide by health safety rules in order to flatten the covid-19 curve.

Kingi said as much as he wouldn’t wish to close down places of worship, he will take that drastic action to protect the lives of people.

” I don’t’ wish to close up churches and mosques but if we continue to see reckless behaviour then we will be forced to shut them”, he warned.

He also threatened to order a cessation of movement in the County to fight the upsurge currently being witnessed.

” I will not stand back and watch as covid-19 cases continue to rise. No, We might even order a cessation of movement if people will not follow guidelines to flatten this curve”, he added.

Kingi suspended all gaming activities in Kilifi County including football games.

This comes as the County especially Malindi town experiences an upsurge of covid -19 cases. On Monday, 20 cases of covid-19 were reported in Malindi.

Meanwhile, 400 people were arrested in the County for flouting covid-19 rules.

Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka said the suspects were not wearing face masks. He also said 6 bars have been closed for disregarding the rules.