Museveni’s announced came minutes after the Ministry of Health reported 155 new cases of COVID-19.
President Yoweri Museveni has declared Saturday, August 29 a public holiday for the country to hold National Prayers over COVID-19.
Museveni's announced came minutes after the Ministry of Health reported 155 new cases of COVID-19.
"A certain Ugandan came to me and told me that God had told him in a vision that I should organize National Prayers, scientifically organized, for God to deliver us from COVID 19," Museveni tweeted.
"Therefore, by the powers given to the President of Uganda by Section 2(2) of the Public Holidays Act, I declare the 29th of August 2020, a day of National Prayers and a Public Holiday."
"Stay in your houses or compounds and pray," the President added.
Museveni said he had invited a few religious leaders "to come to Entebbe State House and pray together with Janet and myself when you are all watching on TV or listening on Radios."
"I appeal to all Ugandans to join this massive act of supplication "Mushabe, muryaheebwa, musherure, muryazoora", I remember from our priests at Kyamate in 1950s," Museveni said.
"This is in the Book of Matthew chapter 7 verse 7. In English, it says: "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."," the President added.
Uganda has so far registered 2,679 cases of COVID-19, with 28 deaths.