Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has urged religious leaders to get involved in government programs instead of seeking to have churches re-opened.
During Friday’s address, President Museveni said places of worship will remain closed for the next 60 days.
A section of religious leaders on Sunday paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Nabbanja’s home, asking that government reconsiders this and have their places reopened.
In response, Nabbanja said that these will have to wait a little longer as government studies the situation.
Nabbanja urged them to embrace government programmes as they wait for the president to lift the ban on religious gatherings.
“The Covid-19 situation put us at the same level. They [religious leaders] should embrace government programs and also get involved directly so as to benefit,” Nabbanja said.
Nabbanja said that according to the Covid-19 task force, a number of religious leaders violated the guidelines on gatherings when the first lockdown was lifted which partly contributed to the spike in infections.
The religious leaders however argued that places of worship are more organised than some of the places which the president allowed to operate.
They said abandoning prayer should not be the solution at a time when the country is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic.
President Museveni in his address encouraged religious leaders to continue with prayers, virtually, as physical gatherings of any nature remain banned due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The president said that this directive will be reviewed after 60 days.