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RUKUNGIRI: 29-yr-old woman dies in church, pastor arrested

RUKUNGIRI– Police in Rukungiri District have arrested a self-styled Prophetess Oliver Byanyima after a woman allegedly died at her Church where she had gone to seek deliverance from sickness.

Police identified the deceased as Kyampiire Monic, 29, a resident of Nyakasharara Village, in Burama parish, Bugangari Sub County in Rukungiri district.

According to the husband of the deceased Mr. Caleb Murangira, his wife felt sick a week ago and she was referred to hospital but opted for prayers after finding it hard to access the hospital.

Prophetess Byanyima told our reporter that she has been praying and healing people for over 17 years but Kyampiire’s death surprised her.

Primary sources told our reporter that on several occasions, authorities and the surrounding community have always advised this prophet to stop inviting people for prayers especially during this period of COVID-19 when the President closed down all places of worship but their advice fell on deaf ears.

A team of detectives from Rukungiri central police station led by Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Victor Ariimpa visited the crime scene and took the body to Rwakabengo Health Center (III) mortuary for postmortem.

AIP. Arimpa revealed that president Museveni halted gatherings as one of the ways to curb the spread of COVID-19 but it’s unfortunate that some people still hold prayers against this directive.

He went on to ask the public to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines other than waiting for the police to force them.

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