Bishop Johnson Twinomujuni, the Bishop of West Ankole Diocese

The office of the Bishop West Ankole Diocese has suspended the pastoral visits and confirmation services in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

According to the Letter signed by the Diocesan Secretary Rev. Didas Natweta, addressed to all clergy and Laity of West Ankole Diocese, the suspension of pastoral visits and confirmation services takes immediate effect from March 16, 2020.

Rev. Natweta says’ the suspension is in accordance with the Ministry of Health and Church of Uganda guidelines

“Archdeacons, vicars, curates, lay leaders, and the entire laity are hereby informed that the suspension starts with the immediate effect and they should enforce this measure. “Rev. Natweta’s letter reads in part.

Natweta says, the weekly Sunday services and other smaller church functions will continue as always, but the leaders are instructed to strictly observe the ministry’s guidelines.

He urged all the stakeholders to ensure use of sanitizer and other given safety measures till other instructions are issued.

he further instructed that suspension will be lifted when the environment is safe for them to continue doing the work of God.

Rwanda registered the first case of COVID-19 on Saturday, becoming the second East African country to record a patient.

Rwanda announced Saturday it had closed all places of worship and schools following the confirmation of a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the country.

A statement issued by the country’s ministry of health said even other mass gatherings should be postponed for two weeks as the situation is being monitored.