By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Buganda road magistrates court has issued an arrest warrant against city pastor Franklin Mugisha alias Pr Mondo who is wanted to answer charges of obtaining money by false pretence and conspiracy to defraud.
Court presided over by the Grade one Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu issued the warrant after Mondo on several occasions failed to turn up to court following various summons.
His lawyers last time informed the court that he had flown to South Africa for covid-19 treatment, however on their appearance yesterday, they repeated the same narrative which was objected by the prosecution.
However, the Prosecution noted that there is no proof that Mondo is out of the country and or that he has a medical condition which cannot be handled by Ugandan hospitals. Accordingly, the Prosecution prayed that a warrant of arrest be issued against Mondo such that he can be compelled to come to court and, after his appearance, the court can determine if he needs treatment abroad.
Background Of The Matter
The matter came up when a group of pastors under their umbrella body- Hands Across the World petitioned Lt Col Edith Nakalema, the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit indicating that Mondo had used their group to con a number of people, with promises that he would construct churches for the pastors, houses for the needy and offer scholarships for needy children.
Mondo allegedly obtained more than one billion Shillings from parents in the areas of Bombo-Luwero, Tororo, Iganga, Kaliro and Kampala Districts between 2014 and 2020.
On another file, Mondo is charged with three others for defrauding a sum of 4.5 billion Shillings, still, through false pretence. The three include Siraje Ssemanda, Margaret Kayima also known as Nabbi Omukazi and Jimmy Arinaitwe and the Director of Hands Across the World Initiative Uganda Limited.