Police in Rukiga District have detained seven women and a male pastor accused of holding an illegal meeting and praying while naked from a private house they claim is their church.
The members, claiming to be of Full Gospel Church, were seized from the house of one Adah Kahababo of Kangondo Ward in Rukiga Town Council, Uganda
The joint security swoop on Tuesday was led by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Emmy Ngabirano, and the District Police Commander, Mr John Mawure.
Mr Ngabirano questioned why the worshipers were praying naked with one man as their pastor.
He also wondered what the purported pastor was doing with people’s naked wives.
Mr Mawure listed those arrested as pastor Aggrey Elias Mubangizi of Ibanda municipality in Ibanda District, Adah Kahababo, Christine Arinda, Hope Nyamurungi, Apohia Tumusiime, Annah Mugabirwe, Angella Nyangoma, and Moreen Nyangoma, all residents of Rukiga.
“We respect the freedom of worship but people must follow the existing laws of operating a church and one of the requirements is to have it registered. The arrested people were holding an illegal assembly in someone’s house, which they claimed to be their church where they have been praying while naked,” Mr Ngabirano said.
“As the security team, we shall not allow such unlawful activities as they may lead to a cult like that of [Joseph] Kibwetere where hundreds of people were burnt to death in a church in Kanungu District in March 2000,” he added.
The RDC said the women’s spouses had complained to security officials about the former’s behaviour, saying they had abandoned their marital homes for one week and camped at Ms Kahababo’s home for day and night prayers.