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Hoima Journalists Thrown Out of Pastor's Fraud Case

On Wednesday when journalists entered the courtroom Aisu singled out Robert Atuhairwe, a New Vision reporter based and ordered him out of the courtroom with other journalists.
The Hoima Grade One Magistrate Nicholas Aisu blocked journalists from covering a court case in which a pastor, Watson Alvin Kalungi is accused of conning parents millions of shillings.

On Wednesday when journalists entered the courtroom Aisu singled out Robert Atuhairwe, a New Vision reporter based and ordered him out of the courtroom with other journalists.

Aisu ordered Police to immediately escort the journalists out of the courtroom and even the

court premises. 

Aisu's actions did not go down with those who were inside the courtroom. They stormed out of court protesting the expulsion of the journalists.

Beatrice Nyangoma, one of the affected parents accused court officials of being corrupt because they did not want the court proceedings covered by the journalists. 

“Why should he chase journalists from court yet this is a public case where our money was taken from us,” said Nyangoma.

Kalungi allegedly obtained money from parents in Hoima promising to offer bursaries for their children.  

Kalungi, who has since been granted bail, is being charged with 48 counts, all relating to obtaining money by false pretence. 

Prosecution alleges that Kalungi and agents of La Quinta Faith Ministries in Kampala between June and July 2018 registered parents in Kiganda cell, Hoima All Saints Church and Kasaasa-Rukooge in Hoima municipality.

Kalungi is charged together with Abdul Katende, an agent of La Quinta Faith Ministries on charges related to obtaining money by false pretence. 

Katende who is still on remand is also accused of duping parents in Hoima that he had been sent by the same Pentecostal Church to secure scholarships for needy children.      

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