KAMPALA – Police in Kajjansi Town, Wakiso District, have arrested a pastor and 30 of his followers for defying the Presidential directives.
Pastor Rashid Mutebi of Blessed Feelings Church International located in Gobe, Kajjansi and his followers were picked on Wednesday morning after Police received information about their illegal activities at their Church, according to Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Mr. Patrick Onyango.
Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the director-general, Health Services told journalists in Kampala that five people had tested positive, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 14 on Wednesday. However, yesterday, Uganda confirmed more than 4 cases.
On interrogation, the pastor alleges that the Christians came from far and he was still looking for money to transport them to their homes. The followers were cautioned and released.
The Pastor is currently detained at the Kajjansi Police station.
President Museveni recently suspended religious gatherings for at least a month as part of his government’s measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic that has killed at least 20,599 people worldwide since it first appeared in China in December.
Several priests and pastors from different parts of Uganda were on Sunday arrested by a joint security team for allegedly defying President Museveni’s directive against holding religious gatherings in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The religious leaders were allegedly found celebrating mass/service on Sunday just hours after the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng confirmed the first case of COVID-19.
Following the ministry’s appeal to all individuals who traveled from Dubai in the past two weeks to go for testing, a total of 574 individuals have been listed countrywide
Christ the King parish priest, Msgr Gerald Kalumba was briefly detained at Central Police Station in Kampala, Kisoro parish priest, Rev Fr. John Bazimenyera was arrested for allegedly holding Holy mass. He was taken to Kisoro police station as investigations continue.
Pastor Zakaria Sserwanda of Evangel Church was on Sunday arrested by police for preaching to a big crowd in Jinja town.
The spokesman of the Uganda Police, Fred Enanga warned the religious leaders that they face stiff punishments if they continue defying the president’s directive.