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.
Kibaale Police are
holding a pastor and couple accused of flouting the presidential directives aimed
at stopping the spread of COVID-19.
The suspects are Pastor Everest
Mbonanjenera from the Pentecostal Assembly of God in Kitoma trading center in
Matale sub-county Kibaale district and Emmanuel Ndayambaje and his newlywed wife,
Esther Natukunda, both residents of Kanoga- Kitoma village in Matale Sub County
Police accuse 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.
Thomas Oyo, the Officer-in-Charge of Kibaale Central Police Station told
Uganda Radio Network on Monday that they received a tip from residents that the
pastor was presiding over the couple’s wedding party with more than 100 people
in his church in disregard of the presidential directive.
He says that they
stormed Kitoma village where they found more than 100 people enjoying the
wedding party presided over by the pastor. According to Oyo, they immediately
arrested the pastor and couple and whisked them off to Kibaale Central Police
station where they are in custody.
Oyo says the Pastor faces charges of
engaging in a negligent act likely to spread an infectious disease.
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On Friday last week, police also arrested pastor Winfred Ayesiga 39, a resident
of Kihaguzi village B, Labbongo Sub County in Masindi district for allegedly
conducting prayers in her church.
Police swung in action
on a tip-off from concerned residents that the pastor was still conducting
prayers and many faithful to access the church despite the suspension of
congregational prayers as part of the COVID-19 containment measures.
more than 20 people praying in the church prompting them to arrest Ayesiga. Last week, president,
Museveni suspended all public events for at least 42 days as part of the
measures to contain the second wave of COVID-19.