Mbale bans night prayers

Mbale- Mbale District security committee has banned overnight prayers to prevent acts of terrorism during the festive season.

The Resident District Commissioner, Mr Shaban Kachimete, made the announcement during a security meeting in Mbale Municipality at the weekend.
Mr Kachimete said they were not against night prayers but are more concerned about the security of those attending the prayers.

“As security, we have instructed police, including at all out posts in the district, to ensure that there are no night prayers beyond 6pm to enable us patrol the area for any possible terror attacks,” he said.
Mr Robert Mugabi, the district internal security officer, said prayer centres can be soft targets for terrorists.

The district police commander, Mr Gerald Twishime, said the move would also help the Force fight other criminal acts such as robberies.

However, a section of religious leaders said the fight against terrorism should not infringe on their religious rights.

Pastor Patrick Okabe of Impact Ministries said police had failed to stop night discos and concerts which habour criminals and were instead targeting Christians who want to praise God in the festive season.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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