The Bible in 1 Timothy 6:10 says: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
Bishop Kibuuka Jacinto, of the Evangelical Orthodox Church, located at Mamre Prayer Center, Namugongo, as a custodian and teacher of the Bible should have known that very well before he turned berserk and thumped a 14 year old boy over a Shs10, 000 that went missing.
On Thursday, the Police Spokesman, SCP Fred Enanga said the Territorial Police in Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) and Kira Division, had charged to court, Bishop Kibuuka Jacinto, for the alleged Aggravated Torture of Othieno Denis, a 14 year old, pupil of Christ the King Junior School, Namungoona.
Enanga said police had been told that on the 22.08.2022, the victim was at Mamre Prayer Center, with his mother, Kemigisha Juliet, who works as a cleaner. The mother left him behind and went to town.
While she was away the Bishop called the victim and started demanding for his money, Shs 10,000 which was allegedly stolen by Othieno. Instead of referring the matter to police, he started beating and kicking the 14 year old victim.
He then dragged him into his car and 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 very clear accounts of the incident, with relevant witness statements. They retrieved medical documents and reconstructed the scene at Mamre Prayer Center.
The Bishop also recorded a statement and was released on bond. It was however, canceled on the 24.08.2022, after charges of Aggravated Torture were sanctioned against him. He was caused to appear in court at Kira on the 25.08.2022.
In July, 2016, then Kampala Archbishop, the late Cyprian Kizito Lwanga suspended Fr. Kibuuka and also banned all activities of his Mamre Centre, a prayer gathering in Namugongo near the Martyrs’ shrine.
Archbishop Lwanga also instructed Catholic believers that it was forbidden for them to fellowship with Father Kibuuka as members of the Catholic faith. Archbishop Lwanga cited disobedience as reason for Fr. Kibuuka’s suspension.
After the suspension, Father Kibuuka reacted by announcing his departure from the Catholic Church, something the bishops said tantamount to self-excommunication from the church. In November, the same year, the Catholic Bishops of Uganda issued a joint statement confirming the excommunication of controversial priest, Fr. Kibuuka.