Uganda police have arrested Pastor Augustine Yiga of Revival Church Kawala, Rubaga Division for publishing misleading and alarming information on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in the country.
Pastor Yiga who is currently detained at Old Kampala Police Station, is suspected to have said in a video recording branded by TV station, that the Coronavirus does not exit in Uganda. He said that the guidelines issued by the President Museveni, Health Ministry, and WHO are a waste of time.
However, according to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, Yiga has been arrested for questioning over the statements that mislead the public.
“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 in a statement. ” Therefore, the suspect, who is currently detained at Old Kampala Police Station will be interviewed to establish the motive behind the dangerous utterances.” he added.
Onyango reminded the public to desist from making false or alarming utterances concerning COVID 19 and disregard information not from authorized government structures.