Two street preachers remanded for insulting Islam

Man Jose Kayima

The Chief Magistrate’s Court in Soroti District has remanded to prison two street preachers over allegedly insulting the Islamic faith during their preaching sessions.

Joseph Omadi Etesot and his interpreter Isaac Napakol on Thursday appeared before Soroti magistrate’s court presided over by grade one Ms Nause Tumuhimbise where they were charged under section 122 of the Penal Code Act for wounding the religious feelings of the Muslim community.

Omadi and Napakol were arrested on November 1, as they were preaching by comparing scriptures in the Holy Bible and Quran. The deputy district kadhi Mr Ramathan Ibwakit said the duo were arrested in order to ensure peace.

According to him, the preachers had been tarnishing the Islamic religion, something that angered the Muslim community in the city, adding that they should have preached about Christianity but not to insult Islam.

The duo was represented by senior counsel Alfred Ewatu of Ewatu and company advocates while the complainants (Muslim community in Soroti city) were represented by the state lawyer, Mr Emmanuel Bamwesigye.

Mr Ewatu asked Mr Bamwesigye to make a disclosure by providing documents that they intend to rely on to prosecute his clients.

“It’s our prayer that the counsel makes a disclosure to allow us to prepare because the accused persons have a right to adequate time to prepare their defence as provided for in article 28 (3), (C),” Mr Ewatu said.

His submission was not objected to by the state prosecutor as he said that they would, in accordance with the court’s guidance.

The magistrate directed the state attorney to make the disclosure before the next hearing date scheduled for December 20, 2023.

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