In Summary
  • The decision was reached following extensive consultations with the laity and clergy throughout the diocese.
  • This followed concerns of increased political interferences by political speeches during funerals.
  • Following the decision, the diocese will only conduct funeral rites for its members during weekdays.

Fed up with constant interruptions by politicians during funerals, the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Mumias Diocese has now decided that burials will no longer be held on weekends.

Mumias ACK Bishop Joseph Wandera has announced that henceforth, the diocese will not conduct mass, liturgy and burials on Saturdays and Sundays in all its 43 parishes.

The decision was reached following extensive consultations with the laity and clergy throughout the diocese.

INTERFERENCE

This followed concerns of increased political interferences by political speeches during funerals.

Following the decision, the diocese will only conduct funeral rites for its members during weekdays.

“We recognise and appreciate our political leaders but we have been getting interference from politicians and funerals have been losing religious value as they are turned into political rallies. We shall continue recognising them but we shall not allow them take over our burial services,” Bishop Wandera said.

The bishop further said apart from political interference, weekend burials have clashed with the church’s other activities like fundraising, weddings, fellowships and baptism services.

SYNOD MEETING

“The synod meeting in Nambale, Busia County passed a ban that is necessary for a number of reasons, particularly the bloated activities taking place during weekends. Priests and pastors need time to attend to other functions like weddings, fellowships and even to prepare Sunday summons and rest,” said Bishop Wandera.

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