By Kabuye Ronald
Following the temporary closure of churches and religious gatherings for the next 32 days by government in abide to prevent corona virus diseases in Uganda, the presiding bishop for the Evangelical Orthodox church in Uganda (EOC) Jacinto Kibuuka has urged government to also temporarily halt the collection of Over the Top tax commonly known as OTT to foster evangelism access on social media.
Bishop Kibuuka who lauded government for doing everything possible to control and avoid corona virus from coming into the country, said it’s important for government to reduce or scrap off OTT tax for the next 32 days since most of the religious preaching and teachings is going to be done online given the fact that it’s way too expensive to secure a radio or television program to spread the gospel of God.
In his statement released today, bishop Kibuuka who is also the spiritual director of Mamre International Prayer centre Namugongo Janda said Him and the EOC clergy will conduct the divine liturgies on their Facebook pages every Sunday and Wednesday 12noon and 5pm respectively in addition to circulating daily devotion prayers via their social media pages.
He further requested the faithful to recite the holy rosary daily seeking for the intercession of the blessed virgin Mary the theotokos that the world should overcome the horrific pandemic. Pray, fast and repent for the country and world.
He further more called upon the faithful to reach out to the clergy in case of need and also give offertory, tithe and church contribution via the Church bank accounts and known Mobile Money numbers.