Ugan­dan pas­tor ac­cused of sex­ual abuse

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KAMPALA — A Ugan­dan pas­tor al­legedly sex­u­ally abused sev­eral women in his con­gre­ga­tion in an ef­fort to make them “fer­tile”, the Daily Mon­i­tor re­ports.

The sus­pect, from the coun­try’s Lira dis­trict, was ar­rested on Tues­day af­ter sev­eral al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault were made against him. He could face charges of ex­tor­tion due to his col­lec­tion of money from the pub­lic in ex­change for “bless­ings”.

The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, Fran­cis Li­iga Fran­cis, said the sus­pect was at­tached to the Pen­te­costal Min­istries. He said sev­eral com­plaints had been re­ceived from mar­ket ven­dors who claimed the church leader had been ex­tort­ing money from them.

Vic­tims al­leged the man wanted 15 000 Ugan­dan shillings from them, with the prom­ise of ban­ish­ing all their fi­nan­cial and per­sonal prob­lems.

He al­legedly urged ven­dors to throw dirty wa­ter on the food they were pre­par­ing, to at­tract more cus­tomers to their stalls.

The man has pleaded not guilty, claim­ing he was merely do­ing God’s work and pray­ing for those in need.

The de­vel­op­ment fol­lows the ar­rest of an­other pas­tor who re­port­edly had sex with fe­male con­gre­gants and ex­torted money from be­liev­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by The In­sider, he was ar­rested in July last year af­ter mem­bers of the Holy Power Cen­tre Church com­plained the self-pro­claimed prophet had sex­u­ally as­saulted them.

The church and its branches in the Gulu dis­trict had since been shut down. — AFP

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