Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango says that the police was notified by vigilant neighbours. But Mutebi said, in his statement at Kajjansi police station that he was still looking for money to transport his Church members to their respective villages.
Courtsey. Pastor Rashid Mutebi and his followers at Kajjansi
Rashid Mutebi, a Kampala-based Pentecostal Church pastor, together with 30 of his followers have been detained for defying a presidential directive against public gatherings.
The president announced a ban on gatherings, as a strategy to control the spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19. The banned gatherings include Church, weddings, cultural events and political meetings, among others, for a period of 32 days, effective Wednesday last week.
In the interim, clerics were
advised to use social media platforms, as well as TV and Radio stations to continue preaching the word of God. This, he said,
citing an example of His Holiness, Pope Francis, set a good example of
enlightenment on this by abandoning his customary preaching in St. Peters’
Square and is instead, using the TV.
But despite the guidance, Pastor Mutebi and his congregants were found running a praise
and worship service at Blessed Feelings Church International located at Gobe,
Kajjansi, along Entebbe Road on Wednesday.
Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango says that the police was notified by
vigilant neighbours. But Mutebi said, in his statement at Kajjansi police station that he was still looking for money to transport his Church members to their respective villages.
Rashid Mutebi and his followers were picked after Police received information
about their illegal activities at the Church. On interrogation, the Pastor
alleges that the Christians came from far and he was still looking for money to
transport them to their homes,” Onyango said quoting Mutebi.
Early this week, the police arrested more than 80
mourners, gamblers, revellers and worshippers who are now waiting to be arraigned in
courts of law for disobeying lawful orders. Police Spokesperson, Fred
Enanga, said the charges emanate from gathering in betting centres, bars,
clubs, discos and churches which is against Museveni’s directives intended to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Defence Forces- UPDF, Local Defence Unit –LDUs, 999 police patrol unit, crime
intelligence and field force personnel have arrested, cautioned or detained
more than 300 people since Museveni issued the orders.