Shouting on top of their voices, the angry residents accused Pastor Musai of illegally occupying their land and deploying a militia to terrorize them. Police used live bullets and teargas to disperse the angry residents and restore calm.
He said the group has on several occasions put up illegal roadblocks to terrorize the people entering or leaving the sub county.
There is a dispute between residents of Namabasa Sub County in
Mbale and Pastor, Michael Mukhono alias
Musai over land.
The disputed land,
which measures over 200 acres, hosts Mt. Elgon Believer’s Baptist Independent Mission church. On
Monday morning, more than 300 angry residents stormed the church and pelted
worshipers with stones leading to clashes.
Shouting on top of
their voices, the angry residents accused Pastor Musai of illegally occupying
their land and deploying a militia to terrorize them. Police used live bullets
and teargas to disperse the angry residents and restore calm.
Two people sustained serious
injuries in the clash. They are Michael Gimunye and another only identified as
Sam. The duo is admitted at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital. Some residents
claim that unidentified people had roamed the village the previous night
inciting residents to attack the church and harm Musai for allegedly taking
over their land.
Stephen Wayisi, a resident of the area blamed the chaos on Pastor Musai who he
claimed has trained a militia, which terrorizes residents. “The insecurity
caused by Pastor Musai is quite terrible and wounds inflicted to a number of
residents are terrible. The man came to this area as a pastor and we
overwhelmingly welcomed him. He has since turned against the people he found
here,” Wayisi said.
Mohammed Mpyangu, another resident claimed that one time he sometime back
kidnapped by Pastor Musai’s men. He says their pleas to police have been
John Magulu, the Namabasa
Zone Willage LC 1 chairperson, told police on Monday that the tension between
residents and the pastor is forcing people to migrate to other areas.
Rehema Wandeka, Doho Parish councilor, says several attempts to have dialogue
with Pastor Musai have hit a deadlock as he undermines the local authorities.
claims that Musai has established a parallel local council administration unit
with a fully-fledged executive.
Halid Sebujjo, the
Namabasa Sub County LC III Chairperson, accuses the pastor of intimidating that
community with threats of killing them should they refuse to surrender their
land to him.
He wants Pastor Musai to relocate his church or return to Bududa
where he was also allegedly chased because of his conduct.
Pastor Vincent Watsosi, a member Mt. Elgon Believer’s Baptist Independent
Mission church, says trouble with the neighboring community started on Sunday
when residents decided to relocate their families and livestock from the
He says at around 1am
on Monday they heard resident blowing trumpets until morning. According to
Watsosi, they received information that the community was preparing to attack
them at night but they struck in the morning,
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Livingstone Wafutu, the Executive Secretary Mt. Elgon Believers Baptist
independent Mission, accuses police of taking sides in the dispute. He says
they acquired the disputed land to host more than 5000 people from
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Fred Ahimbisibwe, the
Mbale District Police commander has asked residents to remain calm, saying the
situation will be handled. He said the illegal camp at Mt. Elgon Believers
Baptist independent Mission will be dismantled to bring sanity in the
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Pastor Musai has been at loggerheads with the community in Namabasa for over 2