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Archbishop Kazimba Orders Closure of Church Offices Countrywide

The Archbishop says that with the rapid spread of the virus, it is wise to have all staff work from home. He said that the province has already laid out a strategy by identifying those who can work from home and those who need to take a break, until the situation nomalises.
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The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda The Most Rev. Samuel Kazimba Mugalu has directed all dioceses in the province to close all Church offices and let staff work from their respective homes with effect from March 30, 2020.

The Archbishop was addressing journalists at the Provincial Secretariat hours after the Ministry of Health declared new confirmed cases of the Covid-19 pandemic. Uganda currently has 14 cases.

The Archbishop says that with the rapid spread of the virus, it is wise to have all staff work from home. He said that the province has already laid out a strategy by identifying those who can work from home and those who need to take a break, until the situation nomalises.

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Besides the pastoral work, the Church of Uganda has other departments through which it runs programs. The archbishop notes that the diocese must, however, continue to offer financial and logistical support in these trying moments.

He appealed to all church workers, lay and ordained, to reduce the use of public transportation to an absolute minimum encouraging them not to allow the virus to infect more Ugandans. According to the Archbishop, we are already going through an abnormal situation and behaving normally will be abnormal.

Archbishop Kazimba advised other employers to come up with creative solutions to maintain productivity without bringing staff to offices and ensuring that those who report to work are supported with gloves, face masks, hand sanitizers or soap and water, in addition to observing the recommended social distance at the office.

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He gave an example that because of the situation his son’s wedding which is scheduled to take place on April 18 will be purely ‘scientific’. he says that although he would like to dine and wine with people on that day, the situation doesn’t warrant it.

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The archbishop was rather very disappointed that some pastors had refused to heed to the guidance of the state and that of the church in regard to banning congregations. He described them as agents of evil.

Dr Kaziimba however, noted that the clergy should not neglect the pastoral ministry completely. He advised that if people call for emergency prayer or if there is a death in your community ministers should attend but should be protected and conduct prayers within the recommended guidelines.

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