Kawaala Based City Pastor Yiga August has been released on bail after spending one month & 7days in Kitalya gov’t prison.
Grade one magistrate Timothy Lumunye ordered him to deposit 2M not cash after rulling that the suspect had presented substantial sureties.
Court has however tasked the self-styled prophet not to speak anything related to Covid 19.
Yiga is facing charges of 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 BBS TV, that the Corona Virus is not in Uganda.
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.
Therefore, the suspect, who is currently detained at Old Kampala Police Station, will be interviewed to establish the motive behind the dangerous utterances.
“We appeal to the public to desist from making false or alarming utterances concerning COVID 19 and disregard information not from authorized government structures,” said SP Patrick Onyango, Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson.