Pastor Augustine Yiga of Revival Church, Kawaala in Lubaga Division, Kampala has been arrested over what the Police called “spreading harmful propaganda and utterances” disputing the existence of COVID19 in Uganda and the African continent.
In a statement issued on Saturday evening, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango, said, Yiga’s arrest was based on contents of a video clip which circulated over social media with the pastor saying that COVID19 is not in Uganda.
“The video that went viral undermines government efforts in fighting the pandemic and exposes the public to dangers of laxity in observing the guidelines issued. The action of Pastor Yiga promotes the spread of the COVID 19 and can, therefore, be considered as a direct attack on the people of the Republic of Uganda,” Onyango said.
At the moment, the controversial preacher is currently detained at Old Kampala Police Station and will be interviewed to establish the motive behind the dangerous utterances.
Police also called on the public to desist from making false or alarming utterances concerning #COVID19 and disregard information not from authorized government structures.
Yiga’s arrest comes after Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health called for his arrest and prosecution by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) over remarks that the COVID19 pandemic isn’t in Uganda and also deaths registered across the continent are a result of other conditions.