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Faithful to throng churches to mark Christ’s resurrection

Christians of various denominations are today expected to throng churches for worship services to symbolically celebrate the rising of Jesus Christ from the grave.

For Catholics, some joy-filled hymns that have been omitted during Mass since March 1 will be sung again, and today will signal the end of the period when they are required to deny themselves certain luxuries, including eating meat on Fridays.

The four-day Easter weekend has so far offered different opportunities for different people.

For President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Saturday offered a chance for him to join the family of David Murathe, the chairman of Jubilee Party, for the burial of his father William Gatuhi Murathe who died on April 7 at a Nairobi hospital after a battle with cancer.

MAINTAIN PEACE
For hoteliers, it has been a period of increased bookings.

The Sunday Nation understands that some facilities in Mombasa and Diani are packed to capacity as a result of visitors from the country and others from Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi and South Sudan.

For the clergy, it has been a time for them to amplify calls to embrace sobriety as the weekend marks the beginning of heightened political activity with political party primaries that will set the pace for campaigns ahead of the August 8 General Election.

For instance, Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of the Nakuru Catholic diocese on Friday dedicated part of his Good Friday homily to urge Christians to vote out politicians who are riding on violence to secure elective positions ahead of the August 8 polls.

“Open your eyes and deny votes to all those who are promoting violence in the society. Followers of Jesus Christ cannot use violence for any reason whatsoever to achieve any goal that is godly,” Bishop Muhatia said after leading hundreds of Catholic faithful in a procession of the Way of the Cross in Nakuru town.

TALENT SHOW
In Mombasa, hundreds of children on Saturday showcased their skills and talents during the second edition of the Mombasa Kids Festival.

More than 1,500 children aged between four and 15 years, accompanied by their parents, turned up at the event that was held at the Mombasa Sports Club to show off their talents.

Organisers Hassan Faisal of Coastal Films and Salome Muriithi of the Mombasa Academy of Arts said the event is meant to nurture talents.

Mombasa Academy of Arts is a talent school where children are taught more about their skills during school holidays and weekends.

The children from different schools in the county competed in piano, guitar, singing, ballet dance, public speaking, taekwondo, field cycling, roller skating, drawing and painting, fashion show and modeling.

The event, which was also supported by Nation Media Group among other companies, saw other children get an opportunity to engage in games such as water slides and bouncing castles.

“The turnout has been very good, we are trying to unleash skills of children in this county because most of them are sitting on them. We are trying to tell parents to allow their children tap into their talents,” Mr Faisal said. 

BOOMING BUSINESS

“Most children in Mombasa love dancing and singing. We have to make them understand piano and ballet dancing, which are emerging accomplishments that they can make a career from. But we are glad this event made some know their talents,” he said.

Ms Muriithi gave the example of Kenyan Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’o whose talent was discovered at a young age.

It was booming business for traders who sold merchandise and foodstuffs at the venue.

“Now that the schools are closed we should have festivals where traders can also earn money,” Suleiman Babu, who sold swahili delicacies and drinks, said.

Meanwhile, Congolese rhumba artiste Ferre Golla is expected to perform in Nyali, Mombasa, today.

By Grace Gitau, Mathias Ringa, Winnie Atieno and Joseph Openda

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