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Covid Surge: Church Leaders Call on Ugandans to Pray and Fast

Uganda is currently faced with a deadly second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic and President Yoweri Museveni on Friday night tightened COVID-19 preventive measures by reinstating some of last year's tough lockdown measures. The measures including a ban on all non-essential movement, closures of places of worship and schools for the next 42 days and the revising of curfew hours to start at 7pm from 9pm so as to forestall the fast rate at which the virus is spreading in communities, by requiring people to stay home to interrupt the transmission of the disease.
20 Jun 2021 11:56
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Dr. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu interacts with the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira. Photo by Olive Nakatudde


The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu has called upon Christians to take the next three days as crucial by fasting and praying for God's intervention in the current surge of Covid-19 cases.

This was during a Sunday Service at his residence in Namirembe where he emphasized a three day fasting and prayer period starting tomorrow Monday.

"This is a time to seek God and not look for ways to steal and get more wealth.  Incase you are planning to steal in the guise of the pandemic, please repent," said the Archbishop.

Uganda is currently faced with a deadly second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic and President Yoweri Museveni on Friday night tightened COVID-19 preventive measures by  reinstating  some of last year's tough lockdown measures. 

The measures including a ban on all non-essential movement, closures of places of worship and schools for the next 42 days and the revising of curfew hours to start at 7pm from 9pm, to forestall the fast rate at which the virus is spreading in communities by requiring people to stay home to interrupt the transmission of the disease. 




As of today, 70,176 cases of the disease have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health in the country amidst dwindling oxygen supplies in hospital and shortage of other medical supplies as well as  longer recovery times. 

The country has also registered a total of 626 deaths since the pandemic started.




Archbishop Kaziimba appealed to Ugandans to obey and strictly observe the set measures so that the situation goes back to normal. He also cautioned the law enforcers to implement the set measures well without threatening the lives of people.

"The scripture says that when they humble themselves, repent and pray, I shall also come down and heal their nation," Dr Kaziimba said. "There is no one who can heal our country apart from God. I appeal to you that whoever has been planning to use this time to steal not to do so...it's a time for repentance, change and togetherness."

The same sentiments were shared by the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira during a Service at St. Paul's Cathedral, Namirembe.

In his sermon, Bishop Luwalira noted that the country is faced with a crisis that has sent many in a dilemma amidst strict measures.

"We need to seek God day and night so that he redeems us from the deadly coronavirus and calm the storm," he said. "I believe that many currently acknowledge that the disease exists and the situation is bad. We can now differentiate sirens on the road and know that they are not paving way for the important people but rather for ambulances evacuating the sick and hearses transporting the dead."

The bishop added that the crisis has also created a desperate situation where people are required to stay home but at the same time faced with hunger that tempts them move out and seek for food.

"But who is sure that in the process of looking for food...one is not exposed to the deadly virus?," Bishop Luwalira asked. "People are in a dilemma, it is like we are in prison. Having a sick person requires a lot of money and even losing a loved one requires money. But we have God who can pave a way for us amidst despair."

He said that during such a crisis where some people are just looking for ways of making money, there is need to repent and submit to God and know that he is above everything and he can help the country overcome the situation.

The Very Rev. Dr. Rebecca Nyegenye, the Provost of All Saints' Cathedral, Nakasero also emphasised the power of repentance as every Ugandan lifts the nation in prayer and in the hands of the Lord during the Covid crisis.

"We are living in brokenness because of the situation we are in but God desires us to leave our wicked ways, iniquities, sins and other evil. It's only Jesus that we can look to. Let us know that he cares, loves and he is able. We want to find rest in the arms of our Lord and his embrace. He can rescue and redeem us," said Rev. Nyegenye.

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