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Catholic priest, 12 worshippers arrested during Sunday mass

Sunday April 19 2020

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Father Ronald Wafula and his congregants defied government order on coronavirus. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

LUCY MKANYIKA
By LUCY MKANYIKA
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A Catholic priest was arrested Sunday in Mbololo area, Taita Taveta County, while conducting a church service.

Police officers raided St Joseph Mukasa Catholic church in Mwakiki village in Voi after a tip-off from the public and also arrested 12 worshipers who were attending the Sunday service.

Voi sub-county police commander Bernstein Shari said the 13 were arrested for defying government orders to avoid church gatherings in the wake of coronavirus.

Father Ronald Wafula and his congregants will be arraigned in court on Monday to answer charges of defying a government directive that ordered all public gatherings to be stopped.

"We raided the church and arrested them after a tip-off. They are currently in our cells awaiting charges," he said.

On Thursday last week, Sagalla member of county assembly Godwin Kilele was arrested with 11 other people in Voi town after they were found playing a board game without taking necessary precautions to protect themselves.

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They were found not adhering to social distancing regulations and without their masks on.

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