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14 Arrested While Praying in Forest

Fourteen members of the Word of Faith Church in Nyabikoni in Kabale Municipality were on Wednesday afternoon arrested by Kabale police for holding prayers, which is against the presidential directives aimed to stem the spread of Covid-19.

These were arrested at Makanga Hill in a pine trees forest, in Kabale Municipality in what they termed as prayer mountain. The arrested include ten women and four men.

President Yoweri Museveni in his address on the 31 of March 2020 banned public gatherings including religious meetings as one of the preventive measures against the spread of Corona virus in the country.

Pastor Obed Ndyamuba, the head of the church pleaded for mercy on their behalf, saying that his Christians were hungry for God considering the fact that churches have been closed since March.

Alex Shema, one of the arrested speaking to our reporter said they had gathered for prayer to seek God’s intervention so that Covid-19 is defeated.

“Look at how Corona virus has ravaged the world. We cannot beat this virus without seeking God’s help” Shema said.

Elly Maate, the Kigezi Regional Police Spokesperson says at least 50 people were attending the prayers, but that most of them escaped when they saw Police.

” I don’t think they have done this in ignorance. I want to warn our people to not continue provoking police because when we land on them, they will know that that the law is there” Maate said.

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This case has been registered at Kabale police station under file number SD 48/10/06/2020.

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