4 pastors of Chain Deliverance Church Kagadi led by Bishop Robert Kasibante were last night arrested while conducting a night crusade to welcome the New Year contrary to the security guidance.
It is alleged that during the day of 31st, Bishop Robert Kasibante together with his pastors visited Kagadi Central Police station seeking permission to conduct a mini crusade to welcome the new year but police declined their requests and they went ahead and conducted night prayers.
In an operation mounted by Kagadi CPS at 2am, 24 church members including 4 pastors were arrested to represent hundreds of Christians including women and children who had gathered for prayers at Chain Deliverance Church Ikuma in Kagadi Town.
In a similar way, 22 others were also arrested burning tires and others in bars to welcome the New Year.
Bishop Robert Kasibante of Chain deliverances churches says that some of the people had not got the communication from police and therefore went ahead to travel from far distant places.
However, in defense, one of the arrested pastors whose identities have not been revealed says that they had not gathered for prayers but only sick had come to be prayed for and pastors were ensuring that they maintain all the standard operating procedures set by the government and Ministry of Health.
ASP Julius Hakiza Allan, the Albertine region police spokesperson while on phone confirmed the arrest of the 46 people including the 24 Christians who had gathered for prayers.
Hakiza says the suspects will be aligned to court for further action.
Last night, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni during his New Year address to the nation opened transport to full capacity with strict observance to Standard operating procedures, while curfew is to be maintained until two weeks after schools have reopened.