Pastor Iga Arrested Over False Utterances on Covid-19 in Uganda

By Ritah Ainembabazi

The Uganda Police Force has arrested Pastor Augustine Iga of Revival Church Kawala, Rubaga Division in Kampala over false utterances and passing harmful propaganda relating to the current Corona Virus (COVID 19) pandemic in the country.

The Pastor is suspected to have said, in a video recording branded by ABS TV, that the Corona Virus is not in Uganda.

Patrick Onyango the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson says the video that went viral undermines government efforts in fighting the COVID 19 pandemic and exposes the public to dangers of laxity in observing the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health on its control and prevention.

“The action of Pastor Iga 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 says in a press statement.

He says the suspect, who is currently detained at Old Kampala Police Station, will be interviewed to establish the motive behind the dangerous utterances.

Onyango appeals to the public to desist from making false or alarming utterances concerning COVID 19 and disregard information not from authorized government structures.

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