Controversial pastor, Augustine Yiga, who allegedly denied the existence of the fresh coronavirus, has been charged and remanded in jail.
The Ugandan Police stated this on Monday, AFP stories.
The celebrated cleric is accused by prosecutors of telling his Revival Christian Church on Friday, in comments carried by local television stations, that there’s “no coronavirus in Uganda and Africa”.
“Pastor Yiga of the Revival Christian Church modified into as soon as charged and remanded in jail for doing acts more seemingly to cause the unfold of COVID-19,” stated Uganda police spokesman Patrick Onyango.
“Claiming that COVID-19 doesn’t exist in Africa and Uganda undermines executive efforts in fighting the epidemic and exposes the public to gargantuan hazard of laxity in watching the pointers on its plan shut watch over and prevention,” he added.
However the pastor’s lawyer, Wilberforce Kayiwa, stated Yiga denied the charge of advertising and marketing and marketing the unfold of the virus.
The pastor faces a jail timeframe of up to seven years.
Yiga, who runs a church and television plight, has a enormous following and is identified for holding controversial non secular views and claiming prophetic powers.
Uganda has to this level reported 33 circumstances of the virus.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has informed folk to cease home however has stopped trying ordering a lockdown.
Schools, locations of entertainment and love and a few agricultural markets had been shut for a month and folk had been banned from using public transport, and being bigger than three to a automobile, or one on a non-public motorbike.
Closing week a court docket within the capital charged six Chinese nationals and two Ugandans with “an act more seemingly to unfold infection of disease” after the Ugandans allegedly helped the Chinese nationals gain away self-quarantine at a resort.
Two of the Chinese had tested optimistic for the virus.