Pastor Siraje Ssemanda’s bail application has not been successful following a power blackout in various parts of Kampala including at Buganda Road Magistrates Court where the application was expected to be heard via video conferencing.
As a means of observing Covid-19 Standard Operating Measures, prisoners are not granted access to court facilities so their court sessions are held virtually. The blackout at Buganda Road Court hindered the proceedings of the session.
The state prosecutor Miriam Akite, however, informed Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Joan Acaa that inquiries into the pastor’s case are still underway and this prompted the magistrate to further remand Ssemanda until 17th December 2020.
Prosecution contends that in the month of February 2018 at various Pentecostal Churches and schools in Tororo district, with intent to defraud, Ssemanda obtained Shs 82,555,000 from Geoffrey Owor, a pastor and coordinator of all Pentecostal Churches in Tororo pretending that they would in turn pay half bursary school fees to various students/pupils on top of helping them in building churches as well as provide capital for believers, which was not true.
Prosecution further alleges that between May and November 2018 at Revival Church in Bombo, with intent to defraud, Pastor Ssemanda obtained millions of shillings from several school directors and church followers by falsely pretending that he was going to give their students half bursary fees and money to start up businesses.
Pastor Sirajje was arrested last month by State House Anti Corruption Unit led by Lt Col Edith Nakalema at Mutukula border as he tried to flee the country.
He was charged before Buganda Road Court where he denied the charges and was later remanded to Kitalya.