Ugandan pastor who said COVID-19 is just a hoax is arrested

The Police have arrested Pastor Augustine Yiga of Revival Church Kawala, Rubaga Division in Kampala, Uganda over false utterances and passing harmful propaganda relating to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.

Yiga had said coronavirus is just a common flu.

Kampala Metropolitan Area Spokesperson Patrick Onyango confirmed his arrest in a statement released over the weekend.

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This was after the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine asked police to arrest and prosecute Pastor Yiga who said in a Friday broadcast that the Coronavirus pandemic is a hoax.

“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,” Mr Onyango said, adding that the action of Pastor Yiga promotes the spread of the COVID 19.

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Pastor Yiga who is currently detained at Old Kampala Police Station, will be interviewed to “establish the motive behind the dangerous utterances.’

Onyango appealed 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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