Chiefs and assistant chiefs in the Rift Valley region have been ordered to attend all funerals in their locations and ensure Covid-19guidelines are adhered to.

Speaking on Friday, Rift Valley regional Commissioner George Natembeya noted that chief ans their assistants will now play the role of MCs in funerals, in order to control the programme in accordance with the set guidelines.

Natembeya directed the local administrators to ensure no funeral has more than 100 people, and no morgue preserves a body for more than three days.

During funerals, chiefs have been directed to ensure that the event does not take long, and unneccesary speeches are eliminated from the programme.

“Henceforth, Chiefs and their assistants shall be the MCs during burial ceremonies to ensure they are brief and the number of attendees is capped at 100. All unnecessary speeches shall not be allowed.

“As a chief you are notified when death occurs. This means you are aware of when 72 hours period will lapse and the burial must be conducted failure to which such persons should be acted upon,” said Natembeya. ,”

According to Natembeya, administrators whose areas will be reported to have contravened the set guidelines will face dire consequences.

“If I get a report that a funeral is being conducted and attended by over 100 people, the entire security team in that area starting with the county commissioner shall have a case to answer,” he said.

He also warned against contravening of curfew hours, noting that police should ensure maximum cooperation with the set timelines, especially in the transport sector in Nakuru County.