Drama as police storm churches, lob teargas and order closure over Coronavirus fears

Photos of Kenyans flocking to churches in masses surfaced on Sunday, drawing condemnation

File image of a meeting that was disrupted. Several schurch serces were disrupted by police on Sunday, 23 March 2020

Drama ensued at Jesus Celebration Center in Mombasa after police stormed the church during the Sunday service on 22 March 2020.

Officers moved in to enforce government directive banning all public gatherings in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

The officers maintained that they would do everything possible to enforce the directive and protect the health of the public.

The move, however saw many worshipers fault the police, stating that God is very important and not even coronavirus should prevent worship.

“We started well because we believe God is superior to science, before police came in and started chasing us away," said one worshipper identified as Christine Kambua.

Her sentiments were echoed by Erick Beruru who stated that nothing, including coronavirus that can touch them provided they know Jesus.

The situation was similar at St Bakhita Imara Daima Catholic Church where police had to lob teargas to disperse worshipers who had turned up for the Sunday service in defiance of the directive.

It is clear that Kenyans did not adhere to the directive to stay at home and avoid public gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic as images of Kenyans flocking churches emerged online on Sunday eliciting mixed reactions.

The images drew widespread condemnation as a section of netizens urged the government to flex its muscles.


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