Pastor Yiga Death – News circulating online is that Pastor Augustine Yiga, popularly known as Yiga Abizayo has passed away. We are not sure of where this is coming from but I’m glad to tell you that Pastor Yiga is still Alive, please disregard all rumours.
The family of Pastor Augustine Yiga of the Revival Church in Kawaala, commonly known as “Abizaayo” has come out to clarify that the pastor is not dead.
It was confirmed recently that the said pastor was earlier arrested for saying there is no Covid-19 in Africa. Yiga 43, a father of eight was on Monday charged and remanded to Luzira prisons by Nateete Grade One Magistrate, Timothy Lumunye with doing an act likely to spread infection of disease. He denied the charges.
Pastor ‘Abizayo’ is accused of falsely using various television stations to tell the public that there is no Coronavirus in Africa.
The offence contravenes section 171 of the Penal Code Act and on conviction; Yiga will be liable to seven years imprisonment.
Upon denying the charges, prosecution led by Safinah Bireke requested court to adjourn the case pending police investigations.
“Your honor, we pray that you adjourn this case and fix a date for mention because police is still investigating the matter,” Bireke said.
This prompted the defense lawyer, Wilberforce Kayiwa to apply for the accused’s bail saying he is a family man of eight children who need his care.
“The accused suffers from diabetes, the prison will be unable to treat him, and he’s a family man of eight children and he is their only sole breadwinner, we, therefore, pray that this court be pleased and grant him bail,” Kayiwa said.
However, prosecution objected to the bail saying the accused’s sureties were not substantial and he had no proof that he possessed diabetes as alleged.
“I object to the application for there is no any proof to confirm to court the existence of the disease and the accused is a boss to the sureties who may procedurally fail to compel him to appear in court,” Bireke said.
Yiga presented arraigned three sureties namely Simon Kabuye, his assistant pastor at Revival Church, Jacqueline Muhairwe and Ruth Birungi his church administrators, all residents of Kawaala Central Zone in Kampala district.
Delivering his ruling, the trial Magistrate adjourned the case to April 30, 2020, for ruling on whether he grants Yiga bail or not.
Earlier, media reports, including one carried by this online portal, suggested that the controversial pastor had passed on following liver complications at Nsambya hospital where he has been hospitalised since the beginning of the month.
However a family member said Yiga had just been put on oxygen and is not dead.
Other medical sources at Nsambya hospital said Yiga is “clinically dead” which, according to internet sources, is a medical term for cessation of blood circulation and breathing.
Yiga is still alive.