Crime

Pastor Ssenyonga’s guards abused and robbed him, according to a witness.

Sam Mukula, a member of Pastor Jackson Senyonga’s Christian Life Church, said in court yesterday that he needed two operations at Mulago hospital as a result of injuries inflicted on him by security personnel linked to the church.

Mukula testified yesterday before the High Court, which was presided over by Justice Isaac Muwata, that he was allegedly boxed and kicked by security men commanded by Israel Wasswa. He stated that this occurred on the grounds of Christian Life Church on June 8, 2018.

He claimed he lost Shs 500,000 in the process.

“I was admitted for a week to a neighboring clinic, but when my health worsened with stomach bloating, I was referred to Mulago hospital for surgery.”

Mukula was testifying against Waswa, Ssenyonga’s top guard, Ali Ojulongo alias Peter, Godfrey Mwanda alias Kefa, and Ivan Wanyama, a chapatti baker, in an aggravated robbery case.

“After hitting me, the accused filed an assault charge against me, alleging that it was I who had beaten them,” he claimed. “However, after spending a night in the cell, I was granted police bond the next day to seek medical treatment.”

Mukul, who claimed to have been a member of the church for a year, expressed surprise when he was assaulted by church guards.

On June 8, 2018, at Christina Life Church Makerere-Kavule Kawempe Division, the accused and those still at large assaulted and robbed Mukula of his Itel mobile phone valued Shs 35,000 and Shs 500,000, according to the prosecution led by Macbeth Agumenaitwe.

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Mukula claimed he walked outside the chapel on the fateful day to fetch something to eat since he was hungry. He said he was able to grab a cup of porridge with his brother Joseph Odele.

“An usher, Mwanda, told us to return inside the church while we were eating porridge. I moved away because he was bothering me, but he followed me until I was encircled and beaten to death at the Umeme building,” he testified.

Waswa allegedly dragged Mukula to a Police Post in Kavule after he was beaten, where the violence continued before he was locked up in the cell, according to Mukula.

He realized his phone, national identity card, and wristwatch were all missing while he was in the cell.

Michael Oligo, a medical clinical officer from Golan Clinic, testified in court that on June 26, 2018, he evaluated the victim (Mukula) at Mulago hospital in response to a request from the police.

He discovered that the sufferer suffered a right forearm fracture as well as an abdominal injury in the abdomen. According to him, the damage was caused by a blunt object.

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“An abdominal ultra sound revealed blood in the victim’s abdomen. “Excessive bleeding caused an organ in the stomach to be harmed,” he explained.

Mukula’s injury was classed as grave hurt by Oligo because such injuries can prevent the victim from engaging in other occupations.

Under Section 62 (b) 64 (1) (C) of the Evidence Act, which enables secondary evidence when the original document is lost, the prosecution presented a copy of the Police medical form in court.

Alex Tumusiime, the third prosecution witness, also testified in court that the accused assaulted the victim.

The matter will be heard again on Monday, February 27.

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