Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says that security operatives received information that the six with others still at large had converged and were conducting prayers at the Taquar mosque.
The Muslem Fraternity.
Six Muslim leaders in Masindi District have been arrested for
allegedly defying the presidential directives on COVID-19.
The six whose identities have since been concealed were arrested on Friday
afternoon after they were found conducting prayers at Taquar Mosque in Masindi
town. They are detained at Masindi Central police station .
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says that security
operatives received information that the six and others still at large had
converged and were conducting prayers at the Taquar mosque.
This prompted security operatives to storm the mosque and arrested them while
the others fled.
According to Hakiza, the suspects will be charged with Disobedience of lawful
orders once investigations are through.
On March 18, 2020, President Museveni ordered for the closure of all religious
gatherings in churches, mosques among others for a month with immediate effect
as a means of combating the COVID-19 Pandemic but since then many religious
leaders and followers have been arrested for defying the presidential directive.