Pastor Aloysius Bujjingo of the Makerere based House of Prayer Ministries International (HPMI) has asked Court for a “decree nisi to dissolve” his marriage with his wife of Teddy Naluswa of 29 years, saying, the “love and attraction” he had for her “has been swept away” and the couple “cannot live together.”
In a petition before Chief Magistrate’s Court in Entebbe, Bujjingo further said due the “cruel nature” and “incompatible impulsive conduct” of Naluswa, their marriage has “irretrievably broken down.”
Bujjingo’s affidavit is expected to pave way for the dissolution of his marriage with Naluswa to allow him prepare a fresh wedding ceremony with his fiancée Suzan Nantaba Makula, a staff at his Salt Media.
Bujjingo’s marital woes have attracted considerable interest across the country with some urging him not to divorce Naluswa.
Pastor Jessica Kayanja announced she was launching a prayer session for Naluswa, likening her to the Biblical Esther “who prevailed and stayed in the palace of the King despite her many foes.”
“May the seed that Ms. Teddy Bugingo has sown for 29 years in this marriage rise up and crush the head of the Serpent,” said Ms Kayanja.
But Bujjingo, resident of Kitende, Wakiso District, now says he has made up his mind to let go of the marriage.
How it started
On December 20, 2003, Bugingo got married to Teddy Naluswa through church marriage at Ndeeba also known as Victory Christian Centre in Kampala.
The marriage was solemnized under the provisions of the Marriage Act.
Bujjingo lived with Naluswa in a rented house at Kazo, Bwaise, Kampala District but later built a house in Kitende.
The couple was blessed with four kids: – Doreen Gift Bujjingo, 27; Winnie Treasure Bujjingo, 22, Jennifer Blessed Bujjingo, 19 and Isaac Miracle Bujjingo.
Bujjingo says in his affidavit that the marriage was characterized by mistreatment, embarrassment in the presence of church members, friends and their children and that Naluswa “exhibited cruelty, selfishness and ungrateful attitude” towards him despite the preacher’s “loving and kind deeds, general disposition” and words towards her.
Defending accusations of cruelty, Bujjingo said on August 10, 2015 when the Pastor presented the agreement of purchase of church land to Naluswa, she “threw the papers in his face in the presence of their children” calling him a “mad man.”
He further cited a family meeting in January 2018 during which Naluswa, in the presence of Pastor Edward Kayizi as a mediator “terribly abused” Bujjingo to his utter shame.
Other accusations leveled against 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.”
Bujjingo says while living with Naluswa, he experienced marital problems from domestic violence and threats which escalated between year of 2015 and 2019 in form of life threatening acts and the same prompted him to leave their matrimonial home.
For fear of his life, he said he left the matrimonial home and has not returned there and that Naluswa’s actions have never been condoned in any way.
He says he continued to take care of his family needs.
On her part, Naluswa accuses her husband of trying to wreck their marriage with the view of replacing her with another woman.
“My husband has for long been asking me divorce without any genuine reason,” she said.
Naluswa also said Bujjingo threatened that if she denied him divorce, he [Bujjingo] would tarnish her reputation in all ways possible.
The lawyers say the “cruel conduct” of Naluswa towards Bujjingo was “intentional, malicious and intended to inflict mental suffering to him.”
Bujjingo insists efforts to reconcile the couple through counselling have not borne fruit.
One of the daughters, Gift Bujjingo, has “now copied the abusive character and style of her mother despite the strong Christian background and training.”
Bujjingo also says Gift, following advice and encouragement from her mother, has now turned to the media to “utter defamatory words meant to embarrass and undermine” him as proved in newsprints and Facebook.
He also accuses Naluswa or taking her war to the media where she “uttered defamatory words intended to injure the good character and name” of the Pastor.
He also says his union with Naluswa “which was brought forth with trust, love and care is irretrievably broken and cannot be salvaged.”
The Pastor contends the conduct of his wife “in private and in public is intolerable given his position and standing as a Pastor.”