Kiboga Pastor Jailed for One Year for Land Grabbing

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Land grabbing cases in the central Ugandan district of Kiboga continue to grow. The Kiboga Grade One magistrate makes an example out of a pentecostal pastor found guilty of land grabbing and sentences him to one year in jail.

Court in Kiboga district has jailed the pastor of a Pentecostal church for land grabbing and criminal trespass.
John Asafu Seruga is the pastor of Bukomero Church of God, which is located in Bukomero sub-county. Last year one of Seruga’s fellow clerics, Reverend Yusuf Mukasa, had a public falling out with him.
Mukasa accused Seruga of forcefully repossessing his building in Bukomero trading center and grabbing his land to start up the church. He said he tried to resolve the matter out of court, but Pastor Seruga was unwilling to listen to reason.
Kiboga Grade One Magistrate Mastullah Mulondo heard that the 40-year-old pastor committed his offence on May 15th last year. The state prosecutor provided evidence that during the processes of illegally repossessing the building, it was severely damaged and no attempt was made to pay for this crime.
John Seruga pleaded guilty to the charges and pleaded for lenience. He said he hadn’t expected Reverend Mukasa to take the matter as seriously as to report it to the police.
The magistrate sent Seruga to prison for the year and ordered the immediate relocation of his church. He was also instructed to meet all the court costs.