KAMPALA – Police have summoned Pastor Aloysius Bugingo in connection with comments about his wife’s health which have sparked off a public uproar.
Activists are up in arms over Pastor Bugingo’s public comments last week in which he claimed that he tolerated her in their marriage even when she suffered fistula for 10 years.
Addressing journalists on Monday, Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango said Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Moses Kafeero has asked the controversial Pastor to appear at Police because his comments had incited violence
“KMP commander Moses Kafeero telephoned Pastor Bugingo inviting him here [police station] to talk about his issue and see how they can solve this,” Mr Onyango said.
Earlier, police arrested nine people protesting against comments made by Pastor Bugingo.
The rights activists led by musician Sophie Gombya had converged at Bat Valley Primary School to work on their petition and also mobilise funds to buy cotton wool and deliver it to the pastor.
Mr Onyango said in the meeting, they agreed with the activists on what they need to do if they want their grievances addressed.
“If they want to protest, then they should write to us (police) and we will guide them on how to do so in a manner that doesn’t violate the law,” Mr Onyango added.
In their petition to police, the activists said Pastor Bugingo should be restrained from talking about marriage issues that are not meant for the public.
Mr Onyango said police promised to write a letter to Pastor Bugingo to stop talking, writing or uttering words that incite the public.
The head of House of Prayer Ministries on Sunday apologised to his wife but Remisha said this is not enough, urging the government to step in and punish him.
On Sunday, Pastor Bugingo said: “I have apologised to the women Members of Parliament. I have apologised to the civil society organisations dealing in human rights. I have apologised to all women in the world most especially Teddy.”
Police on Sunday had to deploy at his church fearing that the two groups would end up in a fistfight, but the activists didn’t turn up.
Pastor Bugingo and wife Teddy Bugingo are battling in family court to end the marriage after his wife accused him of having a love affair with one of his media worker, Mr Susan Makula.
Pastor Bugingo has had several controversies. In 2017, he was alleged to have ordered members of his congregation to burn King James Version (KJV) and Good News version bibles for having wrong interpretation of the Holy Scriptures.