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Orthodox Church Archbishop Transferred from Kabale Quarantine to Kampala for Better Management

By Arinda Nsheeka

His Eminence Innocent Byakatonda, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Orthodox Church of Burundi and Rwanda, who has been under quarantine in Kabale town has been transferred to Kampala.

Byakatonda has been under isolation together with 94 others amid the ongoing Covid19 crisis.

The cleric, however, happens to have acute diabetes and hypertension that require better attention.

Byakatonda and the 94 were traveling in two Jaguar buses from Burundi, through Rwanda to Uganda before they were held and quarantined at Kirigime Guest House in Kabale Municipality.

His transfer followed the request of the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Orthodox Church of Kampala, his Eminence Jonah Lwanga.

Jonah Lwanga filed the request to the Ministry of Health.

Byakatonda will be quarantined at Grand Global Hotel Quarantine centre in Kampala until his mandatory 14 days of quarantine are over.

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His special doctors will treat him from there.

While speaking to our reporter at Kirigime guest house on Tuesday, the Bishop said he would have wished to remain with the 94 others under quarantine in Kabale, but his hypertension and diabetes hiked, forcing him to move for treatment.

“I would like to apologize for bringing tension here in this area, but God is in control. God will not abandon us. All night, I was praying for those who have died of the Corona Virus and those who have contracted it”

He also advised the world to adhere to guidelines set by government to prevent the continuous spreading of the corona virus.

“I want to advise people to listen to governments, to avoid the spread of this disease. It’s not a joke, it’s real.” Byakatonda added.

Elly Maate, the Kigezi regional police spokesperson witnessed the transfer of Archbishop Byakatonda.

However, the caution taken at the guest house has left more to be desired as several people were seen freely entering and leaving quarantine centre.

Uganda has confirmed eight new cases of corona virus, bringing a total of those infected to nine.

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