KCCA an Agent of Satan - Nsaba Buturo

 
 
 

KAMPALA

The Parliamentary Forum on Ethics and Integrity has condemned the ban on Street preaching by Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA.

Dr James Buturo Nsaba, the Chairman of the Forum says that the ban contradicts the Bible which guides Christians to 'go out and spread the word of Christ among nations.' He says that the scripture cannot be subject to man-made regulations adding that by plotting to ban street preaching, KCCA is manifesting into an agent of Satan.

Buturo, the former minister of Ethics and Integrity and a born-again Christian says that street preaching is essential in touching lives of people who may not have time to attend Church but also in shaping the morality of some Ugandans.

His comments follow a notice in which KCCA announced a ban on street preaching. In the notice, KCCA said that it had noted an increase in unapproved activities such as street trading, street preaching, pasting of posters and banners and mobile advertising screens and loudspeakers among others.

Kampala's street preachers are usually stationed at busy junctions in Kampala, mostly around street lights, reading and interpreting verses from the bible to passersby's. They have no specific time for their activity with some seen on the streets as early as 7am, all through the day. Lately the preachers started carrying megaphones and portable pulpits to add hue to the trade.

However, KCCA says their activities are illegal and that operations would soon start to arrest and prosecute them in line with the KCCA Maintenance of Law and Order Ordinance, 2006.

But Buturo says KCCA should halt the plan and instead regulate the way in which the preachers spread their word, as some of them are seen to go hard on their congregation on taxis. He adds that Uganda cannot turn itself into a Godless country that can ban the gospel with ease.

Buturo also condemned the alleged destruction of Bibles that are alleged to be heavily edited and deceptive.

The Bibles were reportedly burnt on the orders of House of Prayer Ministries Lead Pastor, Aloysius Bugingo, on grounds that they were had been tampered with and some verses omitted. He pointed out that lines in the version of the Bible that make reference to fasting in lent were erased and that the word Holy Ghost is used in the Bible 99 times replacing the word Holy spirit which appears only seven times.

The Holy Books included Good News and King James versions of the Bible.

Although Pastor Aloysius Bugingo, is quoted dismissing the allegations of commanding the destruction of the versions, Nsaba Buturo says the act of burning the Bible is sinful and calls for an apology.

 
 

Stella Nyanzi Sent Back to Luzira

 
 
 

KAMPALA

Makerere University Researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi has been sent back to Luzira by Buganda Road Magistrate Court pending an application for the revision of her case filed in the high court by her lawyers.

Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo asked for an adjournment of the case pending determination of their application seeking to block a planned psychiatric examination against Dr Stella Nyanzi. The mental examinations were sought by the state during Nyanzi's maiden appearance before the magistrate's court early this month.

Nyanzi is charged with two counts of cyber harassment and offensive communication contrary to provisions of the Computer Misuse Act. Nyanzi was also charged with using the internet to disturb the peace and right to privacy of the president.

Prosecution alleges that Stella Nyanzi used her social media pages to refer to President Yoweri Museveni as "a pair of buttocks." She denied the charges but told court that she always writes 'metaphorically' to deliver messages to 'those in power'.

In reference to her vulgar and erotic posts, prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya filed an application on April 10, asking court to order that Nyanzi is subjected to a psychiatric examination. Muwaganya told court that Nyanzi has a history of erratic psychiatric disorder and was once a patient at Butabika Hospital. The application was based on the affidavit by SP Mboniva Emmanuel, one of the police officers investigating Nyanzi's case.

But her lawyers rushed to the High Court to challenge the request saying that the state wants to use the mental test to declare Nyanzi an idiot and send her to a mental health facility. Lawyer Opiyo told court that the defense team hoped the high court application would be heard before today's appearance. However, High Court has set tomorrow as the hearing date for the application.

Opiyo said that the state's application was brought in bad faith and with utmost act of ambush to deny them an appropriate response. He said they need time to respond to all arguments raised by the state in its application for mental health examination. He also argued that the defense team received a copy of the application after arriving at the court.

Presiding Magistrate James Eremye said Nyanzi was sent back to Luzira on the request of her defense team.

Nyanzi had recently taken up a campaign code-named 'Pads for Girls' in which she castigated government for failing to fulfill its commitment to provide sanitary pads to all schoolgirls. The provision was part of President Yoweri Museveni's campaign pledges ahead of the 2016 general election.

 
 

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