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Police grill Kayanja overnight

PASTOR Robert Kayanja was on Wednesday interrogated over claims that he sexually abused five teenagers, The New Vision has learnt.

Kayanja, reportedly unaccompanied, went to a Police station in the city where he recorded a statement, an exercise that lasted up to late at night.

In the statement, the Pastor of Rubaga Miracle Centre, reportedly denied involvement in the practice. Kayanja has persistently argued that the allegations are masterminded by his detractors to destroy him.

Kayanja was yesterday set to return to the station for further interrogation and to record an extra statement, according to sources.

Brian Akansiimwe, Samson Mukisa, Robson Matovu, James Ntwatwa and Ronnie Mutebi allege that Kayanja sodomised them when they were members of his church. To read more

June 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pastor Kyazze accuses others of amassing wealth

A Kampala pastor has accused colleagues of amassing material wealth while paying a deaf ear to social vices that threaten to rip apart Pentecostal churches in Uganda.

Pastor Michael Kyazze, Head of Discipline in the National Fellowship of Born Again Pentecostal Churches of Uganda, says Kampala is a city of hundreds of clergymen competing to drive posh cars and wear expensive suits while sodomy gets firmly entrenched in born-again churches.

“Kampala is a city of clergies with about 700 pastors but where are they when we want them to clean the church? Why are they silent about the plight of boys who have fallen victim in a system we are serving?” asked Kyazze.

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June 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pastor Kyazze quizzed over Sodomy

ANOTHER pastor was yesterday questioned, bringing to five the number of clergy interrogated over allegations of sodomy against Pastor Robert Kayanja.

Felix Ssemujju of Omega Healing Centre in Namasuba, a Kampala suburb, arrived at the Kampala Central Police Station at 10:00am and addressed journalists.

Ssemujju said last November, one of Kayanja’s accusers, Samson Mukisa, approached him and narrated his ordeal.
“He told me that Kayanja had sodomised him. I counselled and prayed for him. I also advised him to make a statement,” he told the journalists.

He however, denied allegations that Mukisa, who has since withdrawn his statement, was promised trips to Sweden among other goodies if he tarnished Kayanja’s name.

Flanked by Pastor Solomon Male, he appealed to sodomy victims to seek assistance.

Other pastors who have been questioned over Kayanja’s woes are Male, Michael Kyazze, Bob Kayiira and Martin Ssempa.

Kayanja who has also been questioned by the Police denies the allegations.

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Pastor Ssempa’s new passion

Pastor Martin Ssempa of Makerere Community Church is a renowned anti-gay activist. Now he has acquired a nick-name. Just whisper the word ‘Sodomy’ and the man of God will get interested. Last Tuesday, ssempa amused patients at the International Hospital Kampala where he had taken his wife for treatment.As he left the clinic, someone whispered, ‘Sodomy’ and immediately the beaming Ssempa stopped and took time to explain to the excited patients the evils of homosexuality. A pregnant woman chipped in: “I support you Pastor Ssempa because if my husband was gay I wouldn’t have this beautiful figure!”

June 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Cat is out of the Bag, Obama declares June LGBT Pride Month

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

___________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release June 1, 2009

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2009
– – – – – – –
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country’s response to the HIV pandemic.

Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration — in both the White House and the Federal agencies — openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.

My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security. We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.

These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

BARACK OBAMA

June 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Yusuf Muguluma’s Affidavit

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

IN THE MATTER OF STATUTORY DECLARATION ACT, CAP 22

IN THE MATTER OF DECLARATION OF FORCED SODOMY
AFFIDAVIT

I YUSUF KYASANKU MUGULUMA of C/o Kaggwa & Company Advocates, P.O Box 6624 Kampala, do solemnly make oath and declare as follows:

1. THAT I am a male adult of sound mind and the victim of forced sodomy by Pastor Dr Handel Lesley of Abundant Life Church, Bunamwaya, and make oath.

2. THAT at about 1.30 pm one day, about the year 1999, I phoned pastor Handel Lesley for whom I had worked for some time as his church painter, for the money he owed me amounting to U Shs 500,000 (five hundred thousand Shillings). He told me that since he was conducting a lunch-hour service at Kansanga Miracle Center, I meet him at his home at Lubowa at 7.00pm.

3. THAT after getting a one way taxi fare, I went to his home at the appointed time as he told me and his armed guard let me in after consulting him.

4. That when inside, I found him seated in his dinning room and after welcoming me, he offered me some juice from a freezer, and after about 5 minutes, he asked me to let him have anal sex with me and openly told me that he was a practicing gay (homosexual). I was shocked for though I had heard rumors that he was sodomizing young boys, I had never encountered any victim of his to prove them. I trusted him as a man of God who couldn’t involve in such dirty activity.

5. That even though I told him that such an action was just too much for me to consent to; he told me that I would not get hurt. When I insisted on a no, he continued nagging me instead of paying me and I leave, and later called in a boy to whom he introduced me as a friend and ordered him to serve us food after which he bid us good-night.

6. That it was night and he knew that I had no money to transport me back home or money to sustain my family in the coming days.

7. That after super, he told me that I had no alternative but to agree to anal sex with him or else, he would call in the Police to arrest me as a thief. This disempowered me and though I pleaded that we arrange to do it on another day, he refused and insisted on it then.

8. That to further coerce me into the act, he told me that it wasn’t only him involved in sodomy, that many powerful people in Uganda and abroad were involved, and that if I refused, I would get into regrettable problems.

9. That he promised to take me abroad, give me money and many other gifts, and all necessary treatment and care if I developed any complications. He also promised me medicine to build up my body for sodomy.

10. That to give me courage into the act, he went into his bedroom, returned with what I recognized to be an intoxicating substance folded in paper like a cigar and a lotion and told me that if I used them, no pain or hurt would be felt. He told me that even before preaching, he would use the substance to gain strength to preach. When I smoked it, I felt weakened.
11. That at that point, he took me into his bedroom and in a small unlit room therein, he sodomized me. Though I felt pain, I had nothing to do for we were only the two of us in there.

12. That after the act, he showed me a bottle of whisky and said I could use it if I felt pain.

13. That before leaving his home, he ordered me to take a full bathe, to which I complied.

14. That he also strongly warned me that if I ever dared to expose what he had done to me, I would get myself into deep trouble, which I believed because at the time, some powerful political and military figures were not only frequenting his church but were close to him.

15. That after the incident, he gave me U Shs 30,000 (thirty thousand Shillings) of the UShs 500,000 (five hundred thousand) he owed me, promising to pay the balance on his return abroad, a promise he never honored.

16. That because of the incident, I developed pain, anal complications, trauma, depression, psychological torture and regrets and my life has never been the same again. I also developed hatred for Christianity which has been gradually growing into desire to revenge.

17. That since the incident, I have been silent about what happened because of stigma and fear to court trouble from my powerful abuser for I had been strongly fore-warned against the option.

18. That it has been Pr Moses Solomon Male’s openness in confronting church leaders’ evils, his commitment to stand with victims and the counsel and encouragement he has given me since my first encounter with him at the Bukedde FM kimeeza (open public talk-show) and subsequent counseling sessions at his office that have given me courage to break my silence and seek proper medical treatment and redress and ensure that what happened to me doesn’t happen to others.

19. I declare that what is contained herein is true to the best of my knowledge, information and belief.

Declared at Kampala this …………. Day of ………………… 2008
By the said

__________________________
DECLARANT
BEFORE ME:

______________________________________
COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS/ MAGISTRATE

June 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Matovu Robson’s Affidavit

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

IN THE MATTER OF STATUTORY DECLARATION ACT, CAP 22

IN THE MATTER OF DECLARATION OF FORCED SODOMY

AFFIDAVIT

I ROBSON MATOVU of C/o Kaggwa & Company Advocates, P.O Box 6624 Kampala, do solemnly make oath and declare as follows:

1. THAT I am a male adult of sound mind, now resident of Mr Kalema’s houses, Wagaba Zone, Rubaga, near Buganda Royal Institute and the victim of sodomy by Pr Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral, and make oath.

2. THAT my father, Matovu Sula and mother, Doreen Uola, separated in my childhood. When my father took on another wife, she mistreated me and because I didn’t know my mother’s whereabouts then, I dropped out of school in Primary 4 and became a street boy in the 1990s, living on Dewinton Road, Kampala.

3. THAT in the late 1990s, Mrs Sekitoleko who was a member of Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral, then working at Communication House Kampala, got me off the street and took me to her children home, ACEND, near Bulange, where I lived with about 15 other children who included Swaibu, Dan, Walusimbi, Hassan, Lawrence, Kavuma, Nyanzi, Avanzin, Longonyo and Patrick (now in USA).

4. THAT when Mrs Sekitoleko died in 2000, Pr. Robert Kayanja’s Miracle Centre Cathedral took me and a few other children on, while some returned to the street and the children’s home changed name from ACEND to OPEN DOORS.

5. THAT at church (Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral), I joined the Mass choir.

6. THAT about 2003, I discovered that my mother was working as a laborer on a farm in Nakasongola, but with a healthy problem.

7. THAT when I got some money, I joined second hand clothing business at Owino market, hired a house to stay in at Nakulabye and brought my ailing mother to stay with me.

8. THAT when her situation got worse, I decided to tell Pr Robert Kayanja, before whom I had started getting favored and could at times sit and discuss with him.

9. THAT when I told him about my mother’s problem, he gave me One hundred and fifty thousand Shillings (Shs 150,000) to take her for medical examinations which showed that she had developed a hole on her heart which required her two million eight hundred thousand Shillings (U Shs 2,800,000) to get treatment, which we couldn’t raise.

10. THAT when I took the report to him at church, he invited me to his home at Ntinda with promise to look into the matter.

11. THAT when at his home, he told me that if I wanted him to pay for my mother’s treatment, he would if I also helped him in his ‘problem’ which required him to sleep with me in bed. Shocked and confused, I told him that I would return to him later after forethought.

12. THAT when I returned home that day, I had a very sleepless night seeing my mother in agony and without any ability to provide for her treatment. I was also haunted by the fact that the only person who could support required me to let him sodomize me. Therefore, alternativeless, I decided to go back to Pr Kayanja and let him sodomize me for money.

13. THAT on the following day, I returned to Pr Kayanja’s home at Ntinda and he sodomized me in the absence of his wife.

14. THAT the act proved very painful to me after which he gave me Five hundred thousand Shillings (Shs 500,000) and told me to collect the balance on the following day.

15. THAT when I went for the balance on the following day, he demanded that I surrender to him to sodomize me again. When I refused and told him that I would never do it again, he angrily gave me One million five hundred thousand Shillings (U Shs 1,500,000) and charged me never to tell anyone that he ever sodomized me, warning that if I ever did, I would die.

16. THAT very upset, I gave the money to my uncle, Santo Uola who took charge of my mother’s medical treatment and I moved to stay in Entebbe with a friend, Matovu Ronald (now in Botswana), because I didn’t want her to know what I was going through and that to get the money for her treatment, I had been sodomized by Pr Robert Kayanja, a man so greatly respected.

17. THAT even during my five months’ stay in Entebbe, I never told my friend what I was really going through.

18. THAT since the incident, my life has continued to struggle with trauma. Sometimes my stool comes with blood and I feel pains almost every after six months.

19. THAT I never went for treatment after the sodomy incident.

20. THAT after my 5 months stay in Entebbe, I returned to church determined never to depend on the church again. I soon befriended Mr Bindu, an electrical engineer and member of Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral, who trained me in electrical repairs and installations and I have been working with till recently when I decided to quit Rubaga Miracle Centre altogether.

21. THAT in Jan 2009, I heard about the ongoing campaign against sodomy in church, led by Pr Male, Pr Kyazze and Pr Sempa, through my friend Brian Ntwatwa, who referred me to Pr Sempa first.

22. THAT I soon met and shared my story with Pr Sempa who thereafter went abroad, then Brian referred me to Pr Michael Kyazze who finally referred me to Pr Male.

23. THAT when Pr Robert Kayanja realized that I had gained access to the anti-gay campaign pastors, he set spies on me. My brother Lubega George whom I took into Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral started asking me why I talking about Pr Kayanja.

24. THAT when we went to Deliverance Church, Makerere, one of Pr Kayanja’s body guards called Kinobe, in the company of other men followed me, and I told George Oundo about it. So when leaving the church, I used the rear door and escaped from them, through the valley onto Bombo Road. At home, I learnt that mysterious men had also sought me.

25. THAT one day, I got an SMS message saying that if I didn’t pull out of the sodomy expose, I would be killed. I immediately gave away my phone and threw away the line, 0779186809. And since then, I have lived in fear for my life.
26. THAT I want Pr Robert Kayanja’s indulgence in sodomy exposed so that other vulnerable children don’t fall prey. During my close contact with him, I witnessed many desperate boys seek to privately meet him and I suspect that they too could have had similar experiences with him like I had, because all are charged to keep it secret.

27. THAT Brian Ntwatwa is among the boys I used to meet at Pr Robert Kayanja’s home at Ntinda, but later quit church, though he surfaced later trying to get the pastor’s sodomy victims. I believe he must have rightly suspected me sodomized then referred me to Pr Ssempa because I had never before shared my story with him.

28. I declare that what is contained herein is true to the best of my knowledge, information and belief.

Declared at Kampala this …………. Day of ………………… 2009

By the said

__________________________
DECLARANT

BEFORE ME:

______________________________________
COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS/ MAGISTRATE

June 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Samson Mukisa’s Affidavit

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

IN THE MATTER OF STATUTORY DECLARATION ACT, CAP 22

IN THE MATTER OF DECLARATION OF FORCED SODOMY

AFFIDAVIT

I SAMSON MUKISA of C/o Kaggwa & Company Advocates, P.O Box 6624 Kampala, do solemnly make oath and declare as follows:

1. THAT I am a male adult of sound mind, born 1990 and the victim of forced sodomy by Pastor Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral, and make oath.

2. THAT I joined Rubaga Miracle Center in 2003, following my father, the late Richard Bulega of Kitende, Kajjansi, along Kampala – Entebbe Road, who had had been a member for some time. We used to be ferried freely every Sunday by the church buses.

3. THAT my mother, Nansubuga Oliver had died in 2000.

4. THAT when my father died in 2004, I stopped attending services at Rubaga Miracle Center due to lack of transport for even the church buses had stopped plying our route.

5. THAT when I clocked 18 years in February 2008, my family members told me that I must start performing our clan spiritual rituals because I had inherited the names of my grandfather whose will had been that when I clock 18 years, I must start performing all the clan spiritual rituals he used to perform. Because I had already accepted Christ as my personal Savior, I declined involvement in the spiritual rituals and during the clan meeting that followed on a Sunday, I was banished from both my family and clan.

6. THAT with no other option, I decided to go to Rubaga Miracle Center where Pr Kayanja had a ministry helping street children. When there, I told him my problem and he welcomed me into his ministry as one of the homeless children till I left under very painful circumstances.

7. THAT in the street children ministry, the pastor in-charge was called Wampampa and I used to participate in all activities that included music and drama competitions amongst the groups.

8. THAT one Sunday evening, after Pr Kayanja’s return from Rwanda and Mbarara trips, we had competitions from which a winner was to be established. Pastor Kayanja attended the function. Group A, which I headed won the competitions. Immediately after announcing the winner, Pr Kayanja sent one of my fellow children named John to call me to him.

9. THAT when before pastor Kayanja, he told me how I had sung so well and to congratulate me, he offered to take me out to a hotel for dinner.

10. THAT soon thereafter before the end of the function, he drove me to a hotel whose name and location I do not know, but as far as I can remember, had more white guests than black ones and fewer women, and had a wall fencing with a gate, and parking inside.

11. THAT at the hotel, he bought for me chips, chicken, sausages and soda, and he ate sausages and splash juice.

12. THAT after supper, he left me seated and went out and on his return, he told me that his vehicle had failed to start, and further, that Police patrol might arrest him. He told me that he would book a room for us to stay till the morning. Since I knew nothing evil about him, I had no reason to object to his proposal of a night at the hotel.

13. THAT he booked one self-contained room, which had only one bedding. When I asked whether we were to share the bed, he told me that in the hotel were spare mattresses; he would call the reception for other beddings so that I leave the bed for him.
14. THAT as he directed me, I took a bathe. While I was bathing, he called the reception for one plate of chips and two glasses of juice which I found on table after bathing.

15. THAT though I was already full, he compelled me to eat and drink, stressing, he had spent money on the order and was not willing to lose it.

16. THAT a few minutes after I had eaten and taken the juice, I lost my senses, and by the time I woke up on Monday morning I was on the same bed with Pr Kayanja and he had already dressed up; and on the bed were used condoms, and I was feeling great pain in my anus. I immediately realized that he had sodomized me without my consent. However, I could not dare confront him because of the power he had: he had powerful bodyguards and access to the President of Uganda. I feared for my life. I knew that he had capacity to kill me.

17. THAT he immediately told me to dress up, without bathing and we left for the car. To my surprise, the car started normally and he took me back to the church.

18. THAT after about one week, he came to our residence and found me in bed, I could neither walk nor tell anyone what had happened to me. When he sought to know what my problem was and I told him of the pains in anus, he charged me never to tell anyone what he had done to me, that his status would be damaged, and that if I ever did, I would live for just one week and die.

19. THAT he immediately phoned a female medical doctor who came with all necessary medications and tools a few minutes later and she (the doctor) dressed and sowed up my anus, and gave me medicine to swallow. However, on the report that she handed to Pr Kayanja, I saw her write about me in Luganda, ‘Mutabufu wa mutwe,’ meaning; ‘He is insane.’

20. THAT about two weeks later, Pr Kayanja came to see me and inquired of my situation. When I told him that I had greatly improved, he left.

21. THAT the following day, Pr Kayanja’s two bodyguards came to me, held and bundled me up and told me, they had instructions to take me to Kampiringisa juvenile prison, which I had already heard of from fellow children at the church. As I resisted being pushed into their car, I got injured on my right leg and gave in.

22. THAT at Kampiringisa, the bodyguards told the female medical doctor on duty that I was insane. On examination however, she told them she could find nothing wrong with my mental state and could therefore not accept me.

23. THAT immediately, one of the bodyguards handed an envelope to the doctor, compelling her to change mind and receive me. The bodyguards left me there.

24. THAT after about one month, the female doctor was replaced by a male doctor who checked us afresh on one Sunday. When he found me to be of sound mind and sought to know why I had been taken there, I told him my story which greatly moved him. That same Sunday night he took me out of Kampiringisa. I spent the night at his home and in the morning, Monday, he put on a taxi to Kampala.

25. THAT when the taxi dropped me in the New Taxi Park, I inquired of the way to Kajjansi and when directed, I footed till Namasuba where I sought for a well to quench my thirst. I was directed to the well which wasn’t far from Berkeley High School. At the well I sighted students eating lunch and thought I could also be given.

26. THAT at Berkeley High School, the cook promised to give me lunch on condition that I fetched water for the school every morning, to which I agreed. I spent the night at a nearby incomplete house and on the following day, I started working for food; fetching water every morning, and sleeping in the incomplete house.

27. THAT on the evening of the third day of my working at the school, I heard praising at the nearby church which I later found to be Omega Healing Center, Namasuba, headed by Pr Michael Kyazze. I joined the service and continued attending the evening services.

28. THAT during the following Sunday service at Omega, Pr Michael Kyazze raised the issue of sodomy in church and asked whoever had testimony about it to meet any of the pastors at the church. He also announced that on the following Sunday, we would have a special evening service tackling the evils going on in church, and the coming of Pastor Moses Solomon Male and other guests to address the problem. I thought he was lying; they would not seriously rise to the challenge of sodomy in church.

29. THAT on the appointed Sunday, October 26th 2008, during the special service, Pr Male came with victims, and shared his experience in fighting against the rot in church, among which was sodomy. Some of the victims he came with also testified about sodomy by pastors. It was a very moving experience for me and I got courage to break my silence about victimization by Pr Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral.

30. THAT on the following Thursday, I met Pr Felix Semuju of Omega Healing Center and shared my experience with him. He immediately took me to Pr Bob. At that time Pr Kyazze was abroad and when he returned, Pr Bob introduced me to him. After narrating my experience to him, he counseled me and offered to take care of me and since then, I am under his care, and he has introduced me to people who have also encouraged me not to keep silent, but stand courageously.

31. THAT as a result of my experience with Pr Kayanja, I have suffered emotional and physical hurt too deep to immediately heal, and have continually been traumatized. Many times I have shed tears, regretting why I had gone to him for solace.

32. THAT since October 26th 2008, I have encountered other sodomy victims which has compelled me to openly share my story and seek redress so that what happened to me and to others doesn’t happen to more unsuspecting children and youths in their desperate search for solace and support.

33. I declare that what is contained herein is true to the best of my knowledge, information and belief.

Declared at Kampala this …………. Day of ………………… 2009

By the said

__________________________
DECLARANT
BEFORE ME:

______________________________________
COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS / MAGISTRATE

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David Mukalazi’s Affidavit

Today, we continue to reveal more and more of the Kayanja sodomy files that have been causing a storm in the church. On Wednesday, we published an affidavit which was sworn by Robson Matovu in which he accused Kayanja of sodomising him. Yesterday, we revealed exclusively another affidavit which was sworn by another youngster, Samson Mukisa on February 17th, 2009 before a Commissioner for Oaths, Henry Dungu. Mukisa also accused Pastor Robert Kayanja, the Rubaga Miracle Centre boss of sodomising him.

However, Kayanja denied the allegations, saying they were meant to tarnish his name. He instead accused Pastors Martin Sempa of Makerere Community Church, Michael Kyazze of Omega Healing Centre and Pastor Solomon Male of orchestrating the matter. Today, we lift the lid on another blockbuster affidavit which was sworn by David Mukalazi on February 3rd, 2009 before a Commissioner for Oaths, Henry Dungu. Mukalazi accused Kayanja of attempted forced sodomy. Today, we reveal Mukalazi’s affidavit and we reproduce it verbatim, even with its ORIGINAL ERRORS.

The AFFIDAVIT

I DAVID MUKALAZI of C/o Kaggwa & Company Advocates, P.O Box 6624 Kampala, do solemnly make oath and declare as follows:

1. THAT I am a male adult of sound mind and the victim of attempted forced sodomy by pastors Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral and (ED: another senior pastor of miracle center churches, whose name we have withheld for obvious reasons)and make oath.

2. THAT while a student, I used to attend church services at the Full Gospel Church, Makerere where I also served as church organist and worship team leader but would very much admire meeting Pr. Robert Kayanja.

3. THAT in 1992 during the East African pastors’ conference held at Rubaga Miracle Center and attended by Pr John Acard; Sam Kyobe sought me to boost it by my organ skills. And conference worship team leader, Mr Katumwa invited me to perform during the evening service which excited Pr Acard and sent him dancing.

4. That after my first performance, Pr Robert Kayanja invited me to his office wherein he requested me to stay on and perform throughout the conference to which I agreed.

5. That after the conference, Pr Kayanja told me to stay on at the Miracle center and serve with him with promises of taking me to the USA, a country I had much desired to travel to. This invitation greatly excited me, and I felt much blessed and privileged to work with the man I had for long greatly admired; and my parents expressed enthusiasm at it.

6. That soon after, he appointed me head of the worship team, the New Wave Band.

7. That one Sunday morning, I found two band members, Sandra and Miriam crying for lack of transport and food which prompted me to call a members’ meeting during which we resolved that every member finds work to earn a living since work at church was for free.

8. That soon later, I realized that Pr Kayanja much wanted to hug men and touch their thighs, which looked so strange to me.

9. That one day during a conference in Entebbe, he told our host that he would stay with the boys. That night he told me and Kenneth to sleep on the same bed with him. And though Kenneth was reluctant, we finally did so and he slept between us.

10. That late in the night, I was awakened from deep sleep to discover pastor Kayanja caressing me like he would a woman, which compelled me to quit bed in great discomfort, leaving him with Kenneth in there. However, when out of bed and alone, I wondered whether I hadn’t missed an opportunity to be greatly blessed and anointed by a ‘great man of’ God.

11. That on another occasion in 1993, he invited me to his home in Ntinda to help him seal invitation letters for a fund-raising meeting. It took me long that by the time I finished, it was quite late. Seemingly concerned about my safety, he told me to stay for the night in one of the visitors’ rooms. I was puzzled to wake up when he was fervently holding and caressing me. Then he started telling me that since we were great friends and were going to work together; our friendship was so great like that of David and Jonathan in the Bible, we needed to make a covenant. When I asked him what sort of covenant it would be, that is when he told me, ‘I want to do you’

12. That when I asked him why he was interested in doing it to me, he said, ‘It is a covenant to serve my god.’ I then got convinced that though married, he was a homosexual.

13. That though we went together to church the following morning, I was peace-less, wondering what to do. Foremost, all people seemed to trust him as a man of God that it was difficult to convince them about his immoral behaviors unless one had actually experienced it personally. Memories flashed of my experience in Entebbe.

14. That about one month later, I called a meeting of all band members to share about the problems we encounter in our work in the church. In the meeting, Richard Byekwaso burst out bitterly in tears, ‘I am going to tell it all and expose him.’ As their leader, I knew he had a problem. When I took him aside, he told me, ‘Pastor Kayanja raped me.’ What really tore my heart was that Kayanja happened to be his uncle. Next to speak out was Kenneth and Julius Ssessanga. We thought of exposing him then but feared because of the rich and powerful guys like Kawalya, Charles and others who used to hang around him. The next morning, we discovered that he had left for the USA in the night.

15. That on his return, I sought a meeting with him during which I sought to know what he was doing to me at his home in Ntinda, and he cried saying, ‘I was tempted.’ I resolved to leave Rubaga Miracle Center.
16. That when I quit Rubaga Miracle Center, I took refuge in Kansanga Miracle Center where I was introduced to Pr Isaac Kiwewesi by his cousin called Jimmy Mutebi.

17. That in Kansanga Miracle Center, I soon got close to pastors (Names left out for obvious reasons, ED). Because I trained the worship team, I would stay at the church.

18. That one night, (one pastor) invited me to her home, but (another pastor) insisted that I stay at his.
To my surprise, I woke up later in the night when (the pastor) was fervently caressing me and touching my private parts in the same manner Kayanja would do. I resisted, ran out of the room and stayed awake all night, troubled by my findings about the men people greatly revered as men of God, yet involved in sodomy.

19. That in my investigations that followed, I discovered that (the pastor who caressed me) not only sodomized young boys, he also taught them to sodomize others. When he realized how upset his action had made me, he started to fear me.

20. That I started to fear church pastors for earlier, I had narrowly survived being sodomized by (another pastor in Bunamwaya, Names withheld), where I had gone to sing in the African Children Choir. Though I escaped, he succeeded using my friend Richard.

21. That totally broken-hearted, confused, emotionally tortured and feeling greatly betrayed and abandoned by God; I quit church, hated all preachers, hated seeing them even on television, turned my back against God and found solace in the discos and night clubs and for over seven years, I had nothing to do with God. But I couldn’t tell my parents about my experience with the so called men of God, fearing, they wouldn’t believe me considering the way they revered them.

22. That one day, I met Hope Mukasa of Sabrina’s Pub who recruited me into his recording studio about 1995/1996.

23. That I finally met Fiona Mukasa to produce her songs, ‘Lwaki tomubuuza’ and ‘Mweyambise,’ and she became the first person to know that I greatly hated church thinking that all pastors were involved in sodomy. What hurt me was that pastors like Kaloli Nsubuga, Godfrey Mukasa, Apollo Kabaale, Godfrey Kamese and Charles Tumwiine knew Kayanja sodomy but didn’t warn us.

24. That about 1997, Pr Kayanja came to Sabrina’s studio to seek my help because Ivan Kizza was accusing him of sodomy and taking him to Police and the press. He wanted me to defend him before the press that he wasn’t a sodomite. Though I went to his home that day, I refused to defend him after asking him, ‘Do you still sodomize young boys?’ He kept quiet.

25. That I used to spend nights at night clubs with my friends, where one day, Agnes saw and asked me, ‘Why do you come to night clubs? You don’t look like the others!

26. That in 1999, I felt the desire to leave the country during the preparation of the Millennium productions.

27. That in 2000, I had-gone to buy some secular music where I heard Don Moen’s song, ‘Heal me oh Lord,’ and I bought it instead. This song moved me and compelled me to reconsider Christ Jesus in my life and about one month later, I decided to go to Kampala Pentecostal Church with some of my friends. And though we looked strange, we went back.

28. That still in 2000, we produced ‘Yanyamba’ with Fiona Mukasa after which she invited me to tour the UK with her, and in February 2000, we left for the UK.

29. That while in the UK, I rejected an invitation by friends to go for sex sprees in Scotland with girls posing as Black Americans. And while keeping watch at a building that was up for sale, I met God after 7 years of belief in no God. I started reading the Bible and slowly understanding that I really had a friend in God. I walked into Kilburn Vcc Church where I gave my life to Christ. However, I felt pain that Stephen, who had got for me the job, had also lost his faith after Pr Kayanja he used to drive in his car attempted to sodomise him in the UK.

30. That for years I have been getting more stories of sodomized young boys in their times of desperate need but have been silent about what happened to me because of stigma, fear of not being believed and courting trouble from the now powerfully guarded men.

31. That Pr Moses Solomon Male’s openness in confronting church leaders’ evils, his commitment to stand with victims and the counsel and encouragement he has given me since my first encounter with him at the January 2008 Youth Conference at Mengo Senior School, coupled with continued reports of pastors’ sodomy have compelled me to break silence and seek redress so that what happened to ‘me and to others doesn’t happen to more.

19. I declare that what is contained herein is true to the best of my knowledge, information and belief.
Declared at Kampala this 03 Day of Feb. 2009
By the said David Mukalazi
BEFORE ME:
COMMISSIONER FOR OATH

May 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Pastor Ssempa’s response on Sodomy

After the Police cleared Pastor Robert Kayanja of sodomy allegations, three pastors: Martin Ssempa, Solomon Male and Bob Kayiira were questioned over giving false information. Anthony Bugembe talked to Martin Ssempa over the saga which is tearing at the Pentecostal Church in the country…

Q: Why are you witch-hunting Pastor Robert Kayanja?

A: This is not a personal issue. Those who have known me over the last 16 to 17 years know very well that I have been very passionate about issues of morality and raising a generation of God-fearing people. I have counselled people living with HIV and victims of sexual abuse. Some of the victims alleged that they have been sodomised by Pastor Kayanja.

Q: Some people say you are overwhelmed by the many followers he has.

A: That is absolute rubbish. We wish Pastor Robert Kayanja well and I am not jealous. Each of us has a calling. Mine is to serve the university and young people. Because of that, I have made a sacrifice to live in this country and serve a congregation which doesn’t have money. I am serving God but not money.

Q: Is that why you are a strong critic of the prosperity gospel which Pastor Kayanja preaches?

A: I have actually been disappointed by the prosperity gospel and a series of issues in Pastor Robert Kayanja’s church which have brought trouble and a bad reputation for the body of Christ. These include some of his pastors like (Grace) Kitaka and (Isaac) Kiwewesi, who have been accused of (engaging in) homosexuality. Some of these cases are still pending.
My issue here on this case of sodomy is not against Pastor Kayanja. I am troubled and distressed by the boys who have alleged that Kayanja sodomised them.
Q: Why don’t you advise the boys who come to you to seek redress from concerned authorities like the Police?

A: We actually advised them and they have written statements. The problem is that the struggles surround the victims of homosexuality. There is shame, fear and intimidation because the victims are usually smaller than their victimisers.

Q: Do you have confidence in the Police to handle these allegations?

A: As the Police investigates these allegations, it is also under investigation by the public to see if there will be bias or impartiality.

Q: What do you think yourself?

A: I have confidence. That is why I came to record my statement. That is why I (also) recommended that those victims come and record their statements. But I am also anxious and troubled by the way the Police cleared Pastor Kayanja of allegations of homosexuality last Sunday and stated that the complainants had retracted their statements.
Meanwhile, these same complainants have come forward and denied such a thing. Our lawyer has written to the Minister of Internal Affairs to make sure there is impartiality in the handling of this case. We have also asked that any officer who is a member of Pastor Kayanja’s church or any of the pastors involved in these investigations, including myself, be excused from handling or commenting on this case. These include Judith Nabakooba, the Police spokesperson who we hear is a member of Pastor Kayanja’s church.

Q: As members of the born-again Christian movement, why don’t you settle your differences internally through structures?

A: I feel like this born-again movement is relatively new but it must grow in institutions. When Pastor (Simeon) Kayiwa was suspected of being be involved in a (witchcraft) scandal, there was a commission of inquiry, of which I was a member.
While I was dissatisfied with the results, it showed a sense of maturity. However, I am surprised that for all this time we have not had leaders.
On the other hand, homosexuality is a defining issue of our generation. Churches such as the Anglicans have been split on this issue. I suspect that there may be some balokole (Pentecostal) groups which have irreconcilable differences with others, especially on homosexuality.

Q: Don’t you think these allegations against Pastor Kayanja are going to divide the Church and Christianity in Uganda further?

A: We all desire unity but we cannot sacrifice truth and godliness for the sake of unity. Already other churches have been divided on the issue.
I don’t think the balokole will be immune from polarisation around the issue.

Q: Suppose it turns out that Kayanja is innocent, what will you do? Will you apologise to him?

A: I really wish it (the accusations) was a dream and I would wake up one day to realise that it never happened, because Kayanja is a significant leader in the body of Christ. But I am deeply distressed because I have heard these allegations since 1996 and they are persistent.

Q: What did you do when you started hearing those allegations?

A: I held an investigation in 1997 when Ivan Kizza, a body guard of Pastor Kayanja, first came and talked to me.

Q: Have you ever raised the issue with Pastor Kayanja?

A: In 1997, when I first investigated and counselled some of the alleged victims, I promptly notified the key balokole leaders I knew. These were Pastor Michael Kyazze, Apostle Alex Mitala and Pastor Fred Wantate.

Q: Why not Kayanja?

A: The Bible says don’t accept an accusation against an elder except when there are two or three witnesses. And talking to a significant leader (like Kayanja) would be like going to State House. I did not feel I was the one who had the competence and relationship to resolve this issue. That is why I talked to these leaders; the elders.

Q: What was their reaction?

A: Mitala and Wantate were shocked. Kyazze was not (shocked) for he had been aware of the same allegations. I am sad that no concrete and appropriate steps were taken to deal with these allegations of sexual abuse.

Q: Initially, you were working closely with Hon. Nsaba Buturo in the fight against homosexuality but it now appears you people are fighting the battle alone.

A: I still work with the minister but we have never worked closely with Kayanja. He has also never come to any of our demonstrations (against homosexuality).

Q: Assuming Kayanja is gay, so what?
A: The question is not whether Pastor Kayanja is gay, but has he sexually abused young boys? If he has, then he needs to apologise to them. He needs to reconcile and walk in the light with them.

Q: How many boys have so far come to you complaining of being sexually harassed?

A: The numbers are substantial enough to raise more than curiosity.

Q: What is the Police investigating you about?

A: I am surprised that the helpers of the victims and the victims are the ones being accused and detained while the accused is sitting at his church drinking tea. That is troubling in the course of justice. They are accusing me of believing Samson Mukisa after he told me that he was forced to change his statement under Police harassment. I even wrote to the internal affairs minister about it (Mukisa’s claim) and featured with the same boy on a UBC TV talk show last Sunday.
When I responded to their summons, the Police interrogated me about the TV show. They also wanted to know whether I had ever said that Kayanja is a homosexual and whether I paid boys to claim that Pastor Kayanja sexually abused them. This is strange. The boys came and complained against Kayanja. They registered their cases independently. Kayanja also registered a complaint that the alleged victims were set up. He is not complaining about the victims who put out their case but us.

Q: But the Police said Kayanja had no charges against him because the earlier complaints had been withdrawn.

A: What bothers me is a question about Police impartiality. The CID last Sunday came out and gave a ruling that Kayanja is cleared of homosexual allegations and that the victims had changed their statements, whereas they indeed had not. Mukisa insisted that he had been forced to change his earlier statement at gunpoint but he still insists he is a victim. That troubles me.
The CID is not there to judge the truth but to investigate facts. I am bothered that the case of victims versus Pastor Kayanja is being deliberately misrepresented to appear like a case of jealousy.
It is also unfair that Kayanja has been free to speak about this case in different media for the last one month and nobody has bothered to stop him. But when we and the victims begin to speak, we are stopped by CID and the TV programmes are shut down.

Q: Your last word?

A: I have confidence that this crisis is an opportunity for the nation and the Church to grow through building on infrastructure that will deal with allegations of abuse.

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