Kabale: Pastor, 8 Others Arrested for Defying Presidential Orders on Coronavirus

The group that was arrested in Kabale on Sunday

Police in Kabale district have arrested nine people who were part of a group that had congregated in a home to hold prayers on Sunday, in violation of the Presidential orders that recently banned gatherings.

The group had gathered in a home of a one Ahimbisibwe Judith of Rusambya Cell, Upper Bugongi ward Northern division Kabale municipality.

Kigezi Regional Police spokesperson, Elly Matte says others fled the scene when the law enforcement team arrived. 

Those under detention include Pastor Kasoka Festo of Revival Tabernacle  church in Bugongi who was leading the prayers.

The others are Kobusingye Mercy, Kyarimpa Rosette, Owomugisha Claire, Kobusingye Patience, Tukahirwa Peace, Kembabazi Charity and Ahumuza Pretty. 

They were arrested on Sunday afternoon following a tip off to authorities.

“They will be charged with disobedience of lawful orders ie for failing to adhere to the presidential directives and Ministry of Health guidelines in relation to the coronavirus pandemic,” Matte said.

“It is so unfortunate that at this time and moment, people can still go and gather against the Presidential guidelines. We are investigating, after which they will be arraigned in courts of law to answer charges accordingly”.

Over a week ago, President Yoweri Museveni banned all public gatherings including suspending school going, entertainments events, church services and weddings with more than 10 people, for a period of one month to reduce the risk of transmitting the Coronavirus.

The President prohibited religious gatherings including mass prayers, with immediate effect. He said prayers will continue in homes and urged religious leaders to use media – TVs and radios.

“When it comes to health, it’s better to be a coward and to be on the side of caution, If there is no danger in one month, that’s no problem. If there was danger, we would have avoided it,” he said, adding, “logically, the faster we run, the better”.

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