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Kampala 'Anti-Sodomy' Pastors Appeal Against Conviction

The three pastors were convicted for tarnishing the name and image of their colleague Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral by accusing him of sodomising his flock.
04 Mar 2014 13:43
Kampala Pastors, Solomon Male, Martin Ssempa and Michael Kyazze have filed a fresh appeal against their upheld conviction by the high court claiming they remain dissatisfied.

 

The three pastors were convicted for tarnishing the name and image of their colleague Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral by accusing him of sodomising his flock.

 

They state in their notice of appeal filed in the Court of Appeal that they were dissatisfied with Justice Joseph Murangira’s judgment that upheld the ruling of the lower court in which they were convicted.

 

However, their other colleague Robert Kayiira of Omega Healing Center remains out of the appeal despite having been convicted alongside the trio. The other appellants include Deborah Kyomuhendo a businesswoman and an artist David Mukalazi.

 

“Take notice that pastors Solomon Male, Martin Sempa, Michael Kyazze, Deborah Anita Kyomuhendo and David Mukalazi; being dissatisfied with the decision of his lordship Joseph Murangira delivered on February 18, 2014, intend to appeal to the Court of Appeal against the whole decision,” the pastors’ notice of appeal reads in part.

 

On February 18, Justice Murangira while upholding the conviction and sentence of the lower court entered against the pastors noted that the lower court had handed them a merciful sentence compared to the magnitude of the offense they had been found guilty of.

 

The pastors had initially been convicted by Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Julius Borore who sentenced each to a fine of  UGX  million for tarnishing Pastor Kayanja's name.

 

The court also ordered them to do community service of 100 hours or serve six months in prison in default. 

 

However, the pastors choose to pay a fine and do community service as opposed to going to jail and partly cleaned Mulago hospital wards as part of their community service.

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