By Fred Kiva
MUKONO. The Police in Mukono have arrested a pastor for allegedly sodomizing a sixteen year old boy who had asked for a a favour Shs20,000.
Simon Mpinga, also known as Pastor Ronnie, aged 33 years attached to Living Gospel Church, Mukono and The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries Ntinda is alleged to have sodomized a 16-year-old boy, a member of his flock.
He was arrested on Tuesday morning, after the victim reported the matter to Police.
According to Police, the victim reportedly requested for Shs20,000 from the pastor. He however told the boy that the money was at home and asked him to proceed to his home and wait for him to bring the money.
The victim told police that the pastor arrived home late in company of his unnamed friend. Mpiga reportedly offered the victim some booze which he declined, but later convinced him to sleep over since it was already getting late.
"In the middle of the night he started caressing, squeezing as he drew closer and eventually started kissing me. I tried to resist but he was strong and threatened to harm me. He also promised to introduce me to a new life of earning dollars and being rich," the victim narrated in a statement to police.
He added that the suspect applied a lubrication cream onto his anus and sodomized him. He then called in his friend to capture a video and still photos of the action, saying the donors would increase his funding.
Waking up in the morning, the victim says he was severely injured and had semen discharge from the anus. The suspect later escorted him to Bank of Africa, Mukono Branch and gave him Shs10,000, instead of the Shs20,000 he requested.
Reeling in pain, the victim opened up to his mother who immediately reported the matter to police.
Police subjected the victim to a medical examination and “the doctor's report confirmed an unnatural sexual connection had been committed in violation of Uganda's Penal Code Act.”
“Further inquiries reveal Pastor Simon Mpinga is a habitual sodomy suspect after investigators confirmed this is the second time he is being arrested at Mukono Police Station on sodomy charges,” the police said.
He was first arrested in May 2016 on similar allegations. “However, he managed to bribe the victim's family and the case prematurely closed after expression of no further interest by the victim's family,” the police revealed.
“Attempts to secure him bond by some legal officers claiming to be affiliated to Uganda Human Rights Commission on Wednesday were futile and the suspect is currently detained at Mukono Police Station on charges related to sodomy, rape and defilement,” the police added
In Uganda, sodomy is illegal. According to Section 145 (a) of the Penal Code Act, any person who has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for life.
Sodomy in Churches
It’s not the first time pastors, especially in Kampala are being accused of sodomy. In 2009 Pastor Moses Male of the Arising for Christ Ministries asked Parliament to set up a commission of inquiry into allegations of homosexuality in the Pentecostal churches, to allow the victims testify. He claimed then that many victims of sodomy had accused the Police of conniving with their abusers to harass them. The Police have since denied the allegations.