According to our ever on the alert spy, Capt. Mike Mukula, the NRM National Chairperson for Eastern Uganda, Soroti District Chairperson, Gregory Egunyu, RCC Soroti, Robert Adiama, Amuria District Police Commander and the Resident District Commissioner, all the archdeacons of the diocese and the assaulted clergy were in attendance.
The beaten churchmen are Rev. Simon Peter Olato, the Parish Priest of Wera Church of Uganda and his two lay readers, Benjamin Otasono and Simon Peter Eriku of Aten and St. John churches respectively.
According to reports, the churchmen were found planting cassava and tree seedlings in the land belonging to St. John CoU in Wera. The inputs belong to Operation Wealth Creation- OWC which is partnering with Soroti Diocese.
It’s alleged that the minister, who was within the area (his constituency) was passing by when he saw the clergy and the confirmation candidates working in the garden. According to Rev. Olato, the minister stopped and came to the garden where he started asking questions about the land. He notes that before any responses were given, the minister and his bodyguard started beating them up.
Rev. Olato explained that the minister, personally beat him and slapped the two lay readers before ordering his bodyguard Juma Odiope, to proceed and beat them with a metallic rod.