Pastor Kiwedde's Accomplice Disappears With UGX 1.5M

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Police in Rakai have intensified a man hunt for Pastor William Muwanguzi’s accomplice who disappeared with more than 1,500,000 shillings and a laptop.

Police in Rakai have intensified a man hunt for Pastor William Muwanguzi’s accomplice who disappeared with more than 1,500,000 shillings and a laptop.
 
 According to Chiliba Taban, the District Criminal Investigations Officer, the said money was collected from unsuspecting faithful who had turned up for an unauthorised Charismatic Renewal Payer Service at Nabisere Hotel on Saturday last week.
 
Taban says the accomplice only identified as Rogers disappeared with the collections, a laptop, phones and other items that could be used as exhibits against them.
 
He further explains that they are liaising with detectives in different districts to recover people's money and to bring him to book.
 
The intensified hunt for Rogers comes just a day after Muwanguzi popularly known as “Kiwedde” appeared in Kalisizo Magistrates court on Tuesday on charges of impersonation.
 
Muwanguzi and his co-accused Julius Mukasa appeared before Bbosa Lutalo, the Grade II Magistrate and and pleaded not guilty. The duo was later remanded to Kalisizo Prison until 26th November 2013 for lack of sureties.
 
Although Muwanguzi changed his name to Paul Mwamba in 2010 claiming to be Kenyan, he has been charged as William Muwanguzi.
 
Muwanguzi and Mukasa were arrested on Saturday last week for allegedly posing as Catholic priests with intent to extort money from unsuspecting residents of Rakai.
 
But Rogers managed to escape with the money and other items which police could use against them.
 
Posing as priest, Muwanguzi advertised an unauthorised Charismatic Renewal Payer Service using public address systems, radios and posters.
 
But staunch Catholics became suspicious of Muwanguzi’s service and informed Matale Parish priests. As a result, Rev. Fr. Adrian Ssemwanga, the Chief Parish Priest also tipped off police about the unauthorised event leading to their arrest.
 
However, Pastor Leonard Sselwadda, the overseer of National Fellowship of born again churches in the Southern Region, says they denounced Muwanguzi a couple of years ago and they do not acknowledge him at all.
 
Pastor Kiwedde has been implicated in several questionable activities that have tarnished his name.