By our writer
Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga of Christian Life church, Bwaise is is in trouble after one of the lead witness told court that he was behind the tailored plot of falsely accusing Lubaga miracle centre church pastor, Robert Kayanja in the aborted sodomy case.
This was in Mengo magistrates court where about nine people are being charged of falsely accusing Pr Kayanja of practicing sodomy with intent to defame him and destroy his church as well giving false news to police.
Sam Magomu 26,a guard at pastor Robert Kayanja ‘s church told court headed by magistrate Adam Byarugaba that the September 17,2021 plot of falsely accusing Kayanja was hatched by pastor Ssenyonga who promised them millions of money,passports and promised to relocate them abroad if they succeeded in pining Kayanja.
In a parked Mengo magistrates court, Magomu explained they joined pastor Kayanja ‘s church in 2016 but later begged him to work as guards which he accepted and sponsored their training in Kabalye police training school in Kiryandongo before commencing work with Reagan Ssentongo as their leader.
He however said that in 2021during covid 19, Ssentongo called him to join the team at miracle center cathedral that they were going to receive cash but when he arrived things changed after Ssentongo told them that they were supposed to cause commotion at the scene and to shout accusing Kayanja of sodomizing them for all along in order to get good money a thing which they did.
” We shouted accusing Kayanja of sodomy and we threatened to shatter the church windows unless he paid us good money” he told court.
He said Kayanja and church management called police which immediately arrested them and locked them up in old Kampala police station.
Magomu said while in police cells late at night one suspect Jamir Mwada who introduced him self as a youth leader from Kisenyi surprised them when he pulled out a mobile phone and told them not to worry that the matter was under control. He however said he didn’t know if Mwada and Ssentongo were in the same deal by then.
Magomu said that very night Mwada started calling different people from the cell including pastor David Kiganda, pastor Ssempa and Sylvia Namutebi commonly known as Maama Fiina telling them how pastor Kayanja has been sodomizing his guards and has gone further to lock them up in old Kampala coolers and asked them to intervene. Magomu said they all requested to consider that message the next day saying it was late in the night to do anything.
Mwada asked them not to despair but pin Kayanja for sodomy.
He said the following day they were taken to Mulago hospital for medical checkup and while in Mulago the same Mwada now came with Israel Wasswa the head of pastor Ssenyonga ‘s security team and Aggrey Kanene and a certain police officer who asked them to maintain the accusations. Wasswa’s team begged Magomu to also join his friends to vigorously accuse Kayanja because he was a bit reluctant.
They said they were going to help them secure a police bond which they actually got and they were released. Magomu said the results from the medical checkup didn’t confirm any act of sodomy .
Magomu told court that they started having regular meetings with wasswa and Kanene ‘s team who briefed them not to worry because pastor Ssenyonga was with them in this plot and was going to pay them alot of money, secure travel documents for them and relocate them abroad safely.
” One of us Simon Tumukunde asked them why they were doing all this. They said the move was a brain child of ssenyonga to damage Kayanja and that he was going to pay them dearly and fly them abroad. He and I demanded proof of pastor Ssenyonga ‘s alleged support and if possible to let us meet him but they said they were representing him well and showed us photos while they sat with him in a meeting” Magomu said.
He said Wasswa and Kanene took them to Kawempe police station where they opened up fresh cases against Kayanja saying old Kampala police was biased. Magomu”s guided statement was recorded by a police woman D/IP Cotilda Nandutu.
The accused are Wasswa an ex convict on agrevated robbery,and former head of Ssenyonga ‘s security, Kanene, Peter Sserugo, Reagan Ssentongo a former guard at miracle center cathedral, Moses Ssemanobe 27, Labeeb Khalifa22, Alex Wakamala 22, Martin’s Kagolo22, Jamir Mwada an LC leader from Kiganda zone in Kisenyi and Aggrey Kanene.
In 2021 pastor Kayanja opened criminal cases against the group including criminal trespass, defamation with intent to harm and destroy his person and church,uttering false information and giving the same to police on police file videCRaB978/2021 at old Kampala police station.
During this session, the prosecutor Jonathan Muwanga paraded a second witness, Mr Aggrey Magumba who witnessed the cathedral saga but was not cross examined over time.
The case was adjourned to October 20, 2023.
Four of the accused Ssemanobe, Wakamala, Kagolo and Kanene were released on bail while the rest we sent back on remand in Luzira prison.
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