Herbert Solomon Kaddu, the man who attacked Namirembe Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira on Easter Sunday has Wednesday afternoon been charged and remanded to Luzira prison by the Mwanga II Magistrate’s court.
The charging and subsequent remand of 34-year-old Kaddu follows a police medical report that declared him as sane and fit to stand trial contrary to his family’s assertions that he is mentally unstable.
Prosectution told court that Kaddu, a Tour and travel driver and a resident of Mackay Zone in Mengo Lubaga Division had the intension to annoy or injure Bishop Luwalira and the Rev. Canon Benon Kityo, the dean of Namirembe Diocese.
Kaddu has before Grade one magistrate Julius Mwesigye also been charged with disturbing religious assemblies. Kaddu denied both offences.
State prosecutor Roselyn Kipora states that on April 1, 2017 during an Easter service at Namirembe Cathedral, Kaddu while armed with a stick and a sack cloth, threatened to attack Bishop Luwalira.
Kaddu who appeared in court barefooted, with torn trousers had no sureties to secure bail and was sent on remand until the April 24, 2018.
Congregants at Namirembe Cathedral were Sunday morning thrown into panic when Kaddu ran towards the main celebrant of the Easter Sunday prayers, Bishop Luwalira.
Kaddu beat the Cathedral security, running at high speed towards the Altar where Bishop Luwalira was conducting Service.
Clad in a floral red shirt and cream khaki trousers Kaddu reportedly drove to the Cathedral entrance in a Super Custom van, jumped out with a long stick and a bark cloth pinned to his back and stormed the church.
Lay readers, police officers and some congregants jumped to the Bishop’s rescue, arresting Kaddu who had tripped and fallen and they took him out of Church to Namiremebe Police Station.
After arrest, the suspect’s relatives told police that he had a mental problem, but when he was examined by police medics, he was found sane.
Kaddu has since come out to say he did not want to harm the cleric but only wanted to be healed from evil spirits that have been tormenting him for a long time.
Kaddu, in a statement to police detectives, said he wanted the bark cloth and the traditional stick, which he was found with at the time of the attack, to be burnt by Bishop Luwalira as he had inherited them from his grandfather.
Deputy police spokesperson Patrick Onyango told journalists that Kaddu told detectives he was tired of being harassed by the evil spirits, which he said were bequeathed to him by his late grandfather.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Oweyesigire, police took Kaddu for a test to MayFair Clinic in Wandegeya where it was established that he had no mental problem as his family earlier stated.