Museveni declares Friday public holiday

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

By URN

 President Museveni has declared Friday, June 25, 2021, a public holiday and 4th National Prayer Session for interdenominational prayers as the country battles the rise in Coronavirus infections.

“The President has used powers given to him under Section 2(2) of the Public Holidays Act to declare tomorrow a public holiday to enable the country to hold prayers to seek God’s intervention in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic” reads a statement issued by the Presidential Press Unit-PPU this morning.  

According to the statement, the prayers will be held virtually at State House Entebbe at mid-day and will be led by leaders of the various religious denominations via zoom.

The statement says that Born-Again Christians, Pentecostals and Evangelicals will base from Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral, the Seventh-day Adventist Uganda Union at Kireka Hill, Catholics at St. Mary’s Rubaga Cathedral, the Orthodox at St, Nicholas Cathedral Namungoona, Protestants at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero and the Muslims at Ghadafi National Mosque, Old Kampala.
 
“Members of the public have been asked to attend prayers from their homes through radios, TVs and social media channels that will relay the prayers live,” the statement reads.  This comes a week after President Museveni imposed a nationwide lockdown for 42 days as part of the COVID-19 containment measures.

“The strategy is to prevent these infections so that we have few infected people if at all. The situation can be managed by minimizing the number of infections and give urgent care for the severely ill,” Museveni said last week.

Uganda has so far recorded 74260 COVID-19 cases and 752 deaths since March last year. However, the cases have increased 17 folds since last month. The deaths have also more than doubled because of the second wave of the virus.  

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