Urban dwellers less likely to visit church this Easter

About 10.3 per cent would celebrate Easter by visiting a friend or relative.

Saturday March 26 2016

Travellers queue to book a ticket to travel to various destinations for the Easter holiday, on March 25, 2016. A paltry five per cent said they were planning to travel. PHOTO | ROBERT NGUGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Travellers queue to book a ticket to travel to various destinations for the Easter holiday, on March 25, 2016. A paltry five per cent said they were planning to travel. PHOTO | ROBERT NGUGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By EUNICE KILONZO
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Kenyans in rural areas are twice as likely to go to church during the Easter holidays than their urban counterparts.

According to a research company, Infotrak, two in 10 Kenyans who live in towns and urban centres will attend church services to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ unlike four in 10 people in the rural areas.

The poll on Kenyans plan for the Easter interviewed 1,800 people and was conducted between March 20 and 22.

Other than attending church or prayers, about 10.3 per cent would celebrate Easter by visiting a friend or relative.

However, a significant number of Kenyans - 27.3 per cent - have no plans for Easter, with another 8.9 per cent saying they would continue with their daily work.

A paltry five per cent said they were planning to travel.

Nairobians expressed the least intention of attending church or prayer meetings during the Holy Week (March 21 to 28).

Nearly half of those in Western and Eastern intend to spend Easter in church or praying.

Infotrak Public Policy and Governance Commentator Raphael Mulwa said the findings painted a grim picture of the religious values of those living in urban centres.

Interestingly, the study noted: “Even 15 per cent of those in North Eastern, a predominantly Muslim region, claimed they intend to spend Easter in prayer either in a church or mosque.”

The poll hinted most Kenyans were too financially constrained to travel for holidays.

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