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Pastor Ssenyonga’s Henchmen’s’ lawyers fail in ploy to set up witness before Court

Man Jose Kayima

Lawyers are known to be some of the smartest people on earth but this time round a few of them were caught pants down and beaten at their own game.

This was during a court session at Mwanga 2 Court in Kampala on 11 December 2023 when the defense lawyers were cross-examining Simon Tumukunde, a witness on the case of defamation and trespass against Pastor Robert Kayanja and his Church.

Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga

Like they are known to do, the lawyers submitted to the witness a photocopy of a statement he is alleged to have made and signed which the witness Simon Tumukunde denied, and thus the lawyers thought they had gained an upper hand since the witness had refuted.

However later as proceedings went on the original statement was brought and the witness acknowledged that he had made and signed the statement which pinned the accused of planning and actually attacking Rubaga Miracle Center with the sinister motive of tarnishing Pastor Kayanja.

This saw lawyers Humphrey Tumwesigye and Robert Ojambo change strategy and ask Grade I Magistrate Adams Byarugaba to expel the witness from the case an appeal that was sent to the trash can.

Tumukunde stuck to his guns acknowledging that he made the statement and signed adding that he had also been taken to the hospital for an anal checkup which turned negative implying that he had never been sodomised

Tumukunde’s Statement

AS witness number five, Tumukunde stated as below and this was both as a state witness and during cross-examination
Minus a few glitches that are known to occur once one is on oath in the Dock, Tumukunde neither batted an eyelid nor put a foot wrong as he stuck to his statement

“Together with Joel Kalungi and Kisekya, led by Reagan drove to Kampala and found Pastor still preaching hence waiting at the reception,” Tumukude who worked with five of the eight accused at Pastor Kayanja’s farm in Kiryandogo said.

“After the service, Pastor asked us why we were in Kampala and who we had left taking care of the farm. Reagan replied that we had financial problems and we needed some money urgently.”

“Pastor Kayanja asked us why we didn’t call first but we had no answer and he told us that he would contact us after securing the money.”

After three days, we were called and each was paid four million shillings by a supervisor called Fred Kisitu who told us that he would call us back to get the balance.

“We left the church premises happily and afterward, Reagan called us again to pick our balance. We went and signed for 1.7m each, and everyone went to his place.”

After a while, Reagan called his colleagues and told them that he had talked to Pastor Kayanja, and agreed on a way forward of going back to work.

“We went to Church and we found Magumba Aggrey at the checkpoint who asked us if we had an appointment. Reagan told him that Herbert Ssembatya was expecting us.”

“Immediately after accessing the premises, Reagan, Alex Wakamala, Kagoro Martin, and Moses started shouting that we had come to be paid money for being sodomized.”

“A commotion erupted and I withdrew, it was at that moment that I pulled Kisakye to the side and asked him what was going on and he told me to stay calm but I opted out and walked out of the church’s premises.”

Tumukunde went on to say he later got a phone call informing him about the arrest of his colleagues. “The other phone call that comes in from one Aggrey Kanene telling me to find him at Kawempe Police.”

“I found him with two other individuals who identified themselves as Jamil and Israel Wasswa and they asked me if I knew Pastor and those who were arrested.”

Kanene, Wasswa, and Jamil all former employers of Pastor Ssenyonga asked Tumukunde to open a file similar to that of his colleagues if he wanted his colleagues to be released.

“I bought the idea after a long meeting in which they told me that they have the First Lady on their side so I shouldn’t be afraid of anything and financial help will come.”

“From there, we headed to Old Kampala Police. Jamil and Aggrey left me in the car and returned with my colleagues walking freely. Each of us was given fifty thousand as transport.”

After some days, Jamil called them to go for a medical checkup at Nsambya barracks and it’s when Pastor Ssenyonga’s henchman Israel Wasswa took charge.

“The reports came out and all of us were fine but they told us to keep the lie alive and it was at this moment when I pulled out of the deal.”

Magistrate Byarugaba adjourned the case with the next hearing on Wednesday 13th December 2023.

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