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Pastor, Eight Others Arrested for Defying Ban on Public Gatherings

The group was found worshiping on Friday evening in total disregard of a presidential directive which banned all kinds of public gatherings, as one of the measures to control the spread of COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus that has paralyzed the world.

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Bushenyi Police are holding eight members of Ishaka Community Church for defying the presidential directive against public gatherings.  The Church is led by Pastor Amos Tumusiime.  

The group was found worshiping on Friday evening in total disregard of a presidential directive which banned all kinds of public gatherings, as one of the measures to control the spread of COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus that has paralyzed the world. 

As part of the measure’s, the government closed schools, churches, cultural functions and events, as well as political gatherings for a period of 32 todays, effective last week. This was shortly followed by the suspension of public transport and an order to limit operations in Markets to foodstuffs. 

But despite the ban, a number of Pentecostal Church Leaders are continuously found leading praise and worship session, with lesser numbers of their congregation. Bushenyi Resident District Commissioner Jolly Tibemanya says they picked up more than eight people who had refused to heed to warnings by the Officer in Charge of Bushenyi Police Station.   

//Cue in; “yagiira ngu nibakuchinga…   

Cue out…kuyaherize kugyenda bagaruka.”// 

The officer in charge of Bushenyi police station Shaphon Bainomugisha, says the pastor and his followers had stubbornly refused to close down the Church despite a presidential ban. 

//Cue in; “shaaha mukaga gwekiro…  

Cue out: …ebyo ebi bareeba.”//   

The Health Ministry has so far confirmed 23 cases of COVID-19 in the country.

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