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Covid19: Two Pastors Arrested for Conducting Prayers

Two pastors of Source of Healing Church in Mbarara have been arrested for conducting a church service contrary to the COVID-19 guidelines.

Following the confirmation of COVID19 cases in Uganda in March, President, Yoweri Museveni ordered all places of worship to be closed to avoid the spread of the virus.

The pastors now in detention for disregarding this measure are Masengo Rugabirwa and Ntungane Patrick.

These were found in their church located in Katete, Kakoba division, Mbarara City with of 20 members of their flock.

Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Regional Police Spokesperson says police was notified by vigilant neighbours.  Kasasira says the suspects will be charged with disobedience of lawful order and for committing an act likely to spread an infectious disease.

He says the 22 suspects are held at Mbarara Central Police Station as investigations carry on.

Their arrest comes after two confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported in Mbarara, leading to the closure of five hotels.

Religious leaders have on several occasions appealed to government to open up places of worship.

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