“The wrangles between the executive and the county assembly elected leadership has also stalled development and is derailing fighting the global pandemic Coronavirus,” he said.

Religious leaders in Bungoma County have offered to mediate on the leadership wrangles that are derailing development.

Addressing the Press in Bungoma town on June 30, 2020, the clerics led by Calistus Barasa the chairman of Bungoma County Interreligious Council of Kenya said that the stalemate among the leaders in the county is slowing down development.

“The wrangles between the executive and the county assembly elected leadership has also stalled development and is derailing fighting the global pandemic Coronavirus,” he said.

Bungoma County executive have been embroiled in the leadership wrangles with the assembly with no arm is ready to listen to each other so that it can agree and move on.

Last week, two CECs were impeached by the assembly for what was alleged as corruption that is derailing development.

Health CEC Dr.Antony Walela and his Public Administration Counterpart Richard Sabwami were impeached and as plans were on top to impeach the Agriculture CEC Mathews Chirasha, he rushed and obtained a court order that stopped the process pending hearing and its determination.

Barasa who is also the presiding bishop of Tabernacle Praise International said that since the lockdown was announced by the government, it has affected the church and many places of worship hence allowing negative things to take place.

“Prolonged closure of places of worship has been politicized hence it has affected spiritual activities and Christian and or church rituals and it is affecting us and the entire community, the church is ready to adhere to the measures put in place as they prepare to open the churches,” he said.

The clerics stated that closure of Churches and schools have led to high cases of teenage pregnancies and causing a lot of panic in the country.

“On the teenage pregnancies, let the parents and the society can address the menace and take care iof their responsibilities so that it is not blamed on any other persons,” he said.

The Cleric asked the government to open up  and have talks with Uganda to enable speed up clearance of trucks ferrying goods in Malaba and Busia border points so that the drivers cannot infect residents with Corona.

“We want the transport issues between Kenya and Uganda to be mutual so that the traffic grid lock of trucks witnessed in the Northern Corridor road is addressed through the immigration department at the border points.

Present during the media brief were Fr.Christopher Wanyonyi of Christ the King Cathedral,  Bishop Fred Ogara faith victory, Bishop David Walukhu of Nehemiah ministries Webuye, Bishop George Mechumo of ACK, Bishop Sostine Bifwoli of Pefa , Newtone Wekesa Chairman youth department of interfaith and Selinah Walukhu County women director.

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