Prosecution heard that on March 27th 2020 while at his church Revival Christian in Kawaala, a Kampala Suburb and before several Television stations, Yiga claimed that there was no Corona virus in Uganda and Africa at large well knowing that such words are likely to spread infection of the disease, which is dangerous to life.
Pastor Yiga in Rubaga Magistrates Court
Pastor Augustine Yiga alias Abizaayo, the head of Revival Christian Church
has been remanded to Kitalya prison for uttering a statement that is likely to
fuel the spread of COVID19. He appeared on Monday afternoon before Timothy Lumunye, the Rubaga Grade
One Magistrate’s Court.
Prosecution heard that on March 27th 2020 while at his church Revival
Christian in Kawaala, a Kampala Suburb and before several Television stations,
Yiga claimed that there was no Corona virus in Uganda and Africa at large well
knowing that such words are likely to spread infection of the disease, which
is dangerous to life.
statement was aired by his ABS, BBS, Spark and
Sanyuka Televisions. Yiga pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for
bail through his lawyer, Wilberforce Kayiwa who told court that his client is a family
man with eight children, soul bread winner of the family and suffers from
diabetes. He also argued that the pastor needs a special diet, which can only
be provided outside jail.
Kayiwa also argued that Yiga is a senior Pastor who needs to continue
preaching the word of God. Yiga presented three sureties including Jackie
Babirye, an administrator at his church, and Pastors Ruth Mulungi and Simon
Kabuye. However, the
state prosecutor, Safinah Bireka opposed the
bail application, saying the sureties didn't have capacity to drag Yiga to
court when he is needed because they are his juniors.
After hearing from both parties, Lumunye remanded Yiga to Kitalya prison
until Monday next week. He also noted that he had realised that Yiga's
followers hadn’t observed the guidelines of social distancing as one of
the measures to stop the spread of Corona virus since they filled up the court room.
Lumunye explained that to abide by the government's preventive measures
against the corona pandemic by avoiding congestion, he would send Yiga on
remand to enable him write his ruling. Yiga will now be in the newly built Kitalya
Prisons with more than 30 Chinese who were remanded there on Friday.