Pastor Augustine Yiga of the Revival Church in Kawaala, Kampala is dead, his ABS TV reports.
The controversial pastor, popularly known as Abizaayo died last evening, according to a statement from the television. “Pastor Yiga Abizayo is dead. May his soul rest in peace. We love you so much our Father,” reads part of the statement posted on the television’s social media platforms.
A family member who never wanted to be quoted in this story said Pastor Yiga died on Monday at around 11pm. “We plan to bury him on Saturday (October 31). That’s all I can tell you,” he said.
By the time of filing this story, several mourners and his followers had started arriving at his church to pay their last respect.
Last week, a section of the media announced the controversial pastor dead following liver complications but his family later dismissed the reports as false, insisting he was still alive. His son, Andrew Jjengo then said the pastor had been sick for some time.
The development comes five months after the pastor was released on bail following his arrest for allegedly uttering false information and spreading harmful propaganda in relation to the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).
He was released by the Rubaga Grade One Magistrate, Timothy Lumunye on non-cash bail of Shs2 million while each of his two sureties were bonded at Shs5 million.
During the court proceedings, Mr Lumunye said he had been furnished with evidence that the pastor was diabetic and undergoing treatment. “As such it is only fair and just that he (Yiga) is released on bail to enable him see medical treatment,” the magistrate said then.