Military sieges church as women pray for ‘falling nation’

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Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kizza was part of the prayers [Photos by Daily Monitor]

Police and UPDF deployed at St Luke Ntinda Church on Thursday morning during a service attended by women activists to pray for Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

Prominent among the members were Miria Matembe and former Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza.

During the service, the main preacher Rev Diana Nkesiga lashed at the government for its high handed approach in arresting people especially women.

Rev Nkesiga, the retired vicar of All Saints Cathedral Nakasero, warned that Museveni’s government was sliding back into its dark history.

Rev Nkesiga preaching

She cited the Arua mayhem that saw soldiers mercilessly beat up people, arrested and torture Members of Parliament.

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“We are not just women but mothers of the nation who have the responsibility to protect the dignity of every human being living in this nation. We have wept long enough,” she told the congregation.

The prayers were organised by Akina Mama Wa Africa, a women rights organisation seeking justice for victims of violence during elections in Arua under the Women4Uganda Platform.

Dr Thelma Awori, one of the organisers said, Women4Ugandat is a platform using prayer to lay a foundation to end injustice and oppression in the country.

The gather every first Monday of the month at 7:00am in their respective churches and pray for the nation.

Security officers who were deployed watched from a distance until the prayers ended.

Speaking after the service, Matembe lashed at government for wasting resources while trying to harass citizens instead of protecting them.

Police deployed outside the church

“You can imagine all this police, the guns…wasting all these resources to monitor women pray,” she said angrily, waving her arms in the air.

Police claimed it was just outside the chapel to send away women who were turning up in red, yet the dress code for the ceremony was white.

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