By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
President Yoweri Museveni last Sunday addressed the country about the COVID-19 situation and issued a number of guidelines, among which was reopening places of worship, with a maximum of 70 people per prayer session.
This means that churches, mosques and other places of worship have to conduct their prayers in several sessions as per the Standard Operating Procedures, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among believers.
Worshipers have to be either early or will have to wait for hour to attend later sessions.
As a result of this, we have learnt that some churches have gone an extra mile of charging Christians that would like to book their places for the early sessions exorbitant sums of money.
According to one Twitter user, his church (name withheld) was told to pay Shs40,000 to book his place in the first mass, or Shs20,000 for the second session.
“I love God, I really do, but I am not going to pay money to book a place for mass. People are being exploited,” one Bradley Calvin (@BradleyCarlvin1) lamented on Twitter.
He added, “You really have no clue. [At] my church, you’re paying Shs20,000 for second mass booking and Shs40,000 for firsts mass.”
Another tweep has replied that she was bounced and told to go back home, for she was the 75th person.
For months before the President allowed places of worship to reopen, worshipers and religious leaders had been advocating for their reopening so they could repent their sins and pray for God’s intervention in the spreading pandemic.
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