Police in Soroti have arrested more than 30 followers of
Teso Intercessors and Deliverance Team members for allegedly conducting prayers
against the Presidential Directive on social gatherings.
The group, including eight men and 28 women was rounded up
during their lunch time prayers at Akisim Ward, Eastern Division in Soroti
Municipality on Friday. The team had gathered for their routine intercession in their
church, located next to FDC offices in Soroti.
Jemimah Agwang, one of the members of the fellowship says
they had a burden and conviction to pray for the country during these hard times
of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We always gather for two hours from 2-4pm to intercede for
the country since we are going through hard times. Sometimes, we alternate our
places of worship but also keep a distance from each other when praying. We
strongly believe that prayer is the only solution to this pandemic,”Agwang
narrated to a police detective recording her statement.
When asked whether she was aware of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni's
directives on social distancing, she explained that God’s ways differ
Jimmy Ojiman, one of the pastors of the group politely
told the detectives that they were not fighting the state and its policies but
rather seeking God’s intervention amidst the crisis.
By the time of filing this story, the police detectives were
busy recording statements from the group, as they awaited further action from
police high authorities.
David Ongom Mudong, the East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman
confirmed the arrests but noted that he was yet to get a detailed report from
the team on the ground in order to communicate.
Meanwhile, Police at Central Police Station in Soroti are
holding a 24-year- self-proclaimed herbalist for allegedly extorting
money from people around Soroti Regional Referral Hospital with false propaganda
that he had discovered COVID-19 cure.
Lazarus Kungu, a resident of Angopet Village in Soroti Sub
County was moving with red liquid in a container, that he proclaimed was a
local herb for curing the virus. Mudong says they are investigating the matter.