Catholic Priest Father Deogratius Kiibi Arrested For Conducting a Church Mass

Posted on Mar 29, 2020
By Sean Musa Carter
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Fr. Deogratius Kiibi Kateregga, the parish priest of St Joseph’s Catholic Parish in Mpigi Town Council has been arrested by Police for allegedly defying President Museveni’s directive against holding religious gatherings in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Mr Herbert Nuwagaba, the Mpigi District Police Commander, said  that Fr Kateregga was reportedly found celebrating mass  at Joseph’s Catholic Parish Church on Sunday morning.

According to Capt. Godfrey Matovu, the Mpigi District Internal Security Officer, Fr Kateregga was arrested with seven Christians. They are detained at Mpigi Police Station.

Father Kiibi

“He was found preaching in the church in contravention of the presidential directives We want him to tell us why he is doing this,” Mr Nuwagaba said.

President Museveni suspended religious, cultural and political gatherings for at least 32 days on grounds that it would help to prevent the spread of the pandemic which has forced nearly one billion people around the world confined to their homes.

The president advised religious leaders to use television, radio stations and online platforms to preach. Uganda has so far confirmed 30 cases of coronavirus pandemic which has wreaked havoc in different parts of the world.

Meanwhile, even Pastor Yiga of Revival Church in Kawaala was arrested for misleading the public when he said that there's no Coronavirus in Uganda.

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