KAMPALA – Pastor Aloysius Bugingo has instructed his lawyers to file a case against Bukedde newspaper and Red Pepper, accusing them of defamation in connection with stories they have been publishing about his impending divorce with his wife Teddy Naluswa.
According to Pastor Bugingo, Bukedde has been publishing stories indicating that he has been openly abusing and insulting his estranged wife whereas not. He also accuses Red Pepper of writing stories indicating that he has many other children out of wedlock.
Pastor Bugingo made the remarks while appearing on his Salt TV on Monday in the programme ‘Misinji’. Speaking in Luganda, the pastor revealed that the suits will have been served to the media houses by Wednesday.
He said the two media houses will have to prove to court the evidence that he has other children out of wedlock. He said whereas he is a public figure that cannot escape public scrutiny, there must be fair reporting of his issue.
Pastor Bugingo’s marital woes have attracted considerable interest across the country with some condemning the act and urging him not to divorce Ms Naluswa.
The head of the Makerere based House of Prayer Ministries International (HPMI) last week urged court to dissolve” his 29-year-old marriage with his wife Teddy.
Pastor Bugingo asserts the “love and attraction” he had for her “has been swept away” and they as a couple “cannot live together,” something that has stunned many Christians.
In a petition before Chief Magistrate’s Court in Entebbe, Bujjingo further said due to the “cruel nature” and “incompatible impulsive conduct” of Ms Naluswa, their marriage has “irretrievably broken down.”
Pastor Bugingo in his affidavit states that there was no longer any more love between him and the wife, Ms Naluswa.
“The marriage was characterized by mistreatment, an embarrassment in the presence of church members, friends and their children and Ms Naluswa “exhibited cruelty, selfishness and ungrateful attitude” towards him despite his loving and kind deeds, general disposition and words towards her,” Mr. Bugingo says in his affidavit.
Other accusations levelled against Ms Naluswa include “being in constant communication with Bujjingo’s known rivals (enemies of church); appearing for various interviews in the media especially New Vision, Bukedde, defaming him in a bid to tarnish his character; and sending him “abusive messages among which regretting the day she met him and always praying for divorce.”