By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The latest from ‘Pastors trip to Israel’ scam is that Pastor Sirajje Ssemanda, the lead pastor of Revival Ministries Church in Bombo, who was arrested yesterday at Mutukula border reportedly trying to escape to Tanzania, has Monday been arraigned before Buganda road court and charged with 17 charges including obtaining money with false pretence before being remanded to Kitalya Government prison.
The Spy Uganda has also established that bummy singer Catherine Kusarira, who doubles as presidential advisor on Kampala affairs and self made city pastor Mondo Franklin Mugisha, who were reportedly coordinators in the same scam, have also been summoned by police and will report tomorrow at 8am and 9am respectively at Crime Intelligence Directorate (CID) headquarters Kibuli to make statements about their involvement.
Very close sources within police have intimated to our spy that, just like their master in the ‘game’, they’re likely to be arraigned before court, read charges against them and sent on remand. “That’s why they’ve been summoned to appear very early so they cab take their statements, organize their file and be presented to court and sent on remand. I have seen them on media expressing their ‘innocence’, but the right place to do that is court, not media,” a police source who preferred anonymity told this reporter on phone on Monday night when called for a comment.
Background Of The Matter
According to our sources from State House, the trio led by Ssemanda allegedly defrauded over Shs5 billion from a couple of pastors on promises of getting them scholarships, trips abroad, initiating a meeting for them with HE. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and connecting them to Operation Wealth Creation.
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Sources added that the fraud deal became toxic as a result of a meeting held at State House on Saturday, November 15, 2020, convened by a group of pastors under their umbrella body-Hands Across the World who cried to the State House Anti Corruption Unit Head Lt Col Edith Nakalema that Kusasira, Mondo and Sirajje solicited from them over Shs5 billion on the grounds of a brighter future of our children among other empty promises.
“They collected money from us promising to take us to Israel, pay school fees for our children as well as involving us in income-generating schemes under Operation Wealth Creation. Each one of us paid more than Shs100, 000 but since then we have never received anything,” one of the pastors cried to Col Nakalema.
“One time we had a meeting and Catherine Kusasira told us that she was representing the President. She assured us that whatever we were promised was to be fulfilled,” he added.