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Meru pastor carries coronavirus placards on street after church closure

An assistant pastor from Murinya Sub-location in Kibirichia, Central Imenti Sub-County in Meru has stunned residents for his gallant efforts in sensitizing residents using placards.

John Mutembei a tall, middle aged man has volunteered to move around Meru streets sensitizing defiant public on the need to observe the health guidelines on prevention of Covid-19  

Mutembei is an assistant pastor at Kingdom Healing Church at Murinya.

He says he took on street and villages sensitizing people since when the church services were suspended over coronavirus.

The assistant pastor despite being a class 8 leaver is also a farmer and businessman in his village.

The pastor has been travelling from one street in Meru to another holding his placard written “Only me and you can fight Covid-19. Save lives by washing your hands regularly, avoid crowded places. Okoa Maisha kuwa shujaa”

He travels a distance of 22.5Km from his village to Meru town mostly on foot sensitizing people.

Today we met the village pastor standing neatly dressed in a blue suit, Orange tie and a face mask and raising his placards close to River Kathita along Meru-Nairobi highway. This is one of the most crowded and busy part of town with people transiting to and from Meru town to Gitimbine.

From a distance we could see people stand to read the message on the placards as they moved on.

We got interested to know what such a neat man was doing with placards during a time of coronavirus crisis.

Speaking today to Opera News Mutembei exclaimed lack of people to take the government messages and calls on coronavirus disease with seriousness.

Mutembei who owns a kiosk at Murinya Sub-Location says wife took over when he assumed his new role of sensitizing residents.

He has been at Makutano and Meru town streets for a week now.

According to Mutembei majority of Meru resident don’t believe that Covid-19 disease exist.

He used his village as an example of how people are defiant to government health guidelines.

 “I could not stand this anymore when I saw how people are dying in Italy, as a Godly man can’t let people die for lack of knowledge, so I had to take action,” he said.

The assistant pastor says people at Kibirichia are even sharing cigarettes and crowding while playing pool games despite the coronavirus outbreak.

 “People are not observing distance at Murinya, I have done everything to sensitize them until I realized they don’t want to listen, it’s true a prophet is never accepted in his background,” the assistant pastor said.

Pastor Mutembei says he chose Meru which is the heart of Meru County because it more crowded and very exposed to the disease.

He however says he faces the challenge of travelling to Meru from Kibirichia and back. Most of the time he has to use motorbike or public means to avoid being on the road during the curfew.

He says before using placards he used to speak verbally with resident but when he realized nobody took him seriously he decided to use placards as an alternative method.

According to Mutembei he believes people are reading and heeding to his message.

Mutembei is now calling on other pastors sitting at home when churches were closed to join him in sensitizing residents.

Content created and supplied by: @RUGENDO (via Opera News )

John Mutembei Kibirichia Meru Murinya Mutembei


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