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Bishop wanted for torturing a 14-year-old boy

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Bishop wanted for torturing a 14-year-old boy

The Police in KMP and Kira Division have charged to court, Bishop Kibuuka Jacinto, of the Evangelical Orthodox Church, at Mamre Prayer Center, Namugongo, for the alleged Aggravated Torture of Othieno Denis, a 14-year-old, a pupil of Christ the King Junior School, Namungoona.

SCP Fred Enanga Police Spokesman says that on 22.08.2022, the victim was at Mamre Prayer Center, with his mother, Kemigisha Juliet, who works as a cleaner.

However, the mother left him behind and went to town. During her absence that the Bishop called the victim and started demanding his money, Ugx. 10,000 which he allegedly stole.

Instead of referring the matter to the police, the Bishop started beating and kicking the child before dragging him into his car where continued beating him as they drove to the mother’s home at Namugongo-Janda in Kira Municipality, to recover the money.

It took the intervention of the landlady, who rescued the victim and rushed him to Nuwa Hospital, Nabusugwe-Mukono, where he was admitted. The victim is recovering from the injuries which were classified as Grievous in nature.

The police at Kira upon receiving the complaint instituted inquiries and obtained obvious accounts of the incident, with relevant witnesses’ statements.

Enanga says that the officers retrieved medical documents and reconstructed the scene at Mamre Prayer Center. The Bishop also recorded a statement and was released on bond which was later cancelled on 24.08.2022, after charges of Aggravated Torture were sanctioned against him. He was caused to appear in court at Kira on 25.08.2022.

“We do strongly condemn all acts of torture, harassment and intimidation, more so by church leaders against vulnerable persons. Part of the church’s mission is to defend the poor, marginalized and vulnerable persons and further promote commitment to compassion and justice. The acts, therefore, were not consistent with the values of the church and not justified under any circumstance,” says Enanga.

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