Police accuses the pastor of presiding over a wedding ceremony on Sunday with over 100 people in disregard of the COVID-19 preventive guidelines. In his recent directives, president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, said only 20 people can attend a wedding.
Edina Nyinereza, the officer in charge of Masindi central police station told Uganda Radio Network that police got a tip off by area residents that the pastor was still conducting prayers and allowing many of his believers to access her church despite a presidential directive that banned religious gatherings as one of the ways of curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The prosecution alleges that the duo and others still at large falsely obtained more than one billion shillings from eleven people on different occasions. They allegedly pretended that their organization Hands Across the World Uganda Limited would construct churches for the pastors, houses for the needy, offer scholarships and educate the needy children in the community from whose parents the money was collected which was not true.
Prossy Babalanda, a pastor attached to Ntinda victory family center told the meeting that she can’t afford the equipment required for reopening because she entirely depends on believers to finance their operations.
Male, who is living a simple life at his home in Kawempe, says he has for some time been trying to expose fraudulent preachers who claim to have supernatural powers to offer financial blessings, physical well-being and healing among their flock in exchange for material benefits in vain.
Kiiza, the head pastor at United Miracle Church was picked up by police detectives last evening on accusations of assaulting Katalina Nyangoma, a resident of Kiboni village in Kicwamba ward, Mparo Division.
Zaina Nakirya, a resident of the area says ghosts have been forcefully engaging her in sexual intercourse for the past two years. She says this has caused her psychological torture and also led to a breakdown of her marriage eight months ago.
Researchers have criticized president Museveni government for hiding under Pentecostalism, gambling and leisure as a quick way to escape its responsibility of providing for the population and largely to the youth.