A Grade One Magistrate Court in Mbarara has started hearing a case in which the head of Daystar Church in Mbarara, Mr Nathan Ibrahim, sued an Anglican priest, Rev Bernard Mushabe, and a believer, Ms Jennifer Nduhura, for defamation. He alleges that they injured his reputation by claiming he worships under water to worship underground evil spirits.
Prosecution led by Patrick Mukoozi on Tuesday told court that between 2014 and 2015, the accused persons at different forums made statements which were directed to injure the reputation of Bishop Ibrahim. The two allegedly released CDs and DVDs with defamatory messages. The prosecution presented DVDs and CDs in court and bishop Ibrahim as witness.
In his testimony, bishop Ibrahim told court that on different occasions while preaching in Kabwohe in Sheema and Buhweju districts, the accused alleged that he was sacrificing people to underground spirits and that some Christians at his church had been sacrificed.Bishop Ibrahim added that Nduhura had claimed he sacrificed his late wife Gertrude Nalongo to the spirits and it is the reason he is richer than other pastors in the sub-region.
The DVDs and CDs of the accused making such utterances were played in court despite the objection by the defence lawyer, Mr Francis Butagira. The magistrate, Mr Daniel Bwambale, adjourned the case to April 6 for further hearing.