Government Asked to Suspend OTT Over Coronavirus

Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka of the Evangelical Orthodox Church (E.O.C) in Uganda has asked Government to suspend taxes that limit people from accessing Social media.

Amid the Coronavirus threat, the bishop says social media, going forward will become more important for religious leaders to freely preach and interact with followers.

“We request government to temporarily halt the social media tax so as to enable us reach out to the Christians whom we will not be meeting physically following the suspension of all public gatherings.”

Kibuuka, says that during this period of suspension they will be streaming live all the church services but with the limitation of OTT some people who cannot afford it may be left out.

The tax, he said, can be reinstated once the situation normalizes.

The Bishop on the other hand asked all believers to continue keeping in touch with their colleagues and encouraging them through reaching phone calls, text messages as well as social media.

“In this state of emergency, we should not forget that we are still in the holy season of Lent. Therefore, prayers with fasting as well as repentance are mostly needed for the country and the world at large.”

Kibuuka also informed the Christians that offertories and pledges will be made via Mobile money, Bank Accounts and that those who are able can privately bring it at church alone.


President Museveni last evening issued directives to prevent corona virus from entering Uganda and these included suspending of public gatherings like church services, weddings, introduction ceremony, Music concerts and others for a period of one month.

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