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Anglican Church Reverend Charged for Self-Kidnap, Granted Bail

Police obtained CCTV footage showing that he had exited his car without any attack from anyone contrary to his own statement. The footage shows him parking his car at Namisigye village in Seeta-Mukono before jumping in a motorcycle to an unknown destination, moments before he was declared missing.
21 Feb 2020 18:15
Reverand Isaac Mwesigwa while in court

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Reverend Isaac Mwesigwa, the priest who was dragged to court for allegedly giving false information about his kidnap has been granted bail. 

Mwesigwa told Police that he was kidnapped while driving through Sonde village on his way to deliver his research at Uganda Christian University on February 9, 2020.  

According to his statement, his captors took his car and other personal belongings before abandoning him at St Peter's Cathedral in Soroti town where he was received by Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, who was in the area for pastoral activity. 

However, police obtained CCTV footage showing that he had exited his car without any attack from anyone contrary to his own statement. The footage shows him parking his car at Namisigye village in Seeta-Mukono before jumping in a motorcycle to an unknown destination, moments before he was declared missing. 

Today, he appeared before the Chief Magistrate’s court in Nakawa and was charged with giving false information to a public officer. Mwesigwa denied the charges. 

Prosecution led by Joyce Opolot told the court that Reverend Isaac Mwesigwa, 37, a Reverend of St Jones Cathedral Masaka village in Gomba district, on February 12, 2020 at Counter-Terrorism Police headquarters in Naguru gave information about his kidnap by armed personnel. But the statement was believed to be false. 

The Defence team led by Richard Kabagumba applied for bail and told the court that the case against their client is bailable, he is a student and the head of a family which consists of a wife and four children. To secure the bail, Kabagumba presented three sureties; Stanley Sempiira, 48, Ndawula Patrick,38, and the accused’s mother Tabitha Nambogo, 53. 

He was released on a cash bail of one million Shillings and each of the sureties bonded on five million none cash  

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The court adjourned the matter to March 2, 2020 for mention. 

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