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Court in Uganda remands man claiming to be Jesus Christ

BY Tom Mugisha, tom.mugisha@alleastafrica.com

KAMPALA –  A court in Uganda has remanded a man for allegedly calling himself Jesus Christ and holding unlawful assembly.

The Chief Magistrate’s Court in Luwero Juliet Hatanga remanded Solomon Ssemakula alias Jesus Christ on November 9 until November 22.

“Jesus Christ”, according to Hatangaa held unlawful assembly  contrary to section 56 (1) and 2 (a) of the Penal code Act while at the same time managing an unlawful Society contrary to section 57 of the Penal Code Act.

The blasphemous man had been arrested last year on for the same charges but jumped bail and had been on the run.

It had emerged that he had denounced the title of ‘Jesus Christ’ and disbanded his cult in Nakaseke District in August 2016, but upon his arrest this week in Luweero district, he was still carrying the same title.

He was arrested with three of his followers who were also remanded with him to Butuntumula Government Prison.

Like their leader, the co-accused refused to reveal their true identities preferring to be called Femera Shanita, Zomonu Parusha Zanoni and Nuseni Dawunini, the names they claim are prophetic.

They were denied bail after they told court that they had no relatives who would stand surety and to enable them secure bail.

Particulars of the case reveal that Joshua alias ‘Jesus Christ’, Femera Shanita, Zomunu Parusha and Nuseni Dawunini and others still at large between the month of August and October 2017 held and convened unlawful society at Butalyamisana village in Bamunanika Subcounty in Luweero District.

They allegedly claimed that they are not subject to any Worldly authority including the police, local Council administration and the President of Uganda posing a threat and inciting to interfere with or resisting to submit to the laws of the land and Uganda.

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