Muslim cleric in prison awaiting trial for marrying fellow man

A Ugandan Justice of the Peace has despatched a Muslim cleric again to jail to await trial on prices of homosexuality regardless of the imam’s protestation that he married a person “unknowingly”.


From the African Human Rights Media Network


Sheik Mutumba (centre in handcuffs) being led to court docket cells on Jan. 24. (UhspaUganda picture)

By Kikonyogo Kivumbi

Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba, the imam of the Kyampisi Masjid Noor mosque, recently wed a man, Richard Tumushabe alias Swabullah Nabukeera, who was disguised as a girl. Tumushabe was additionally remanded to Ntenjeru Jail on the identical homosexuality cost (having “carnal data towards the order of nature”).

They’re each to seem in court docket Jan. 30 to reply to that cost. Individually, Tumushabe is also to seem in court docket on Feb. 5 on prices of theft and acquiring cash by false pretence.

As we speak (Jan. 24), Mutumba and Tumushabe appeared on the Chief Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom in Mukono, however their joint case couldn’t proceed as a result of absence of Chief Justice of the Peace Juliet Hatanga.

The bride, Richard Tumushabe (alias Swabullah Nabukeera), showing in court docket on Jan. 24. (UhspaUganda picture)
Sheikh Mutumba and his bride on their wedding ceremony day. (Photograph courtesy of Day by day Monitor)

The boys first appeared earlier than Kayunga Grade One Justice of the Peace Irene Akello on Jan. 16, however they weren’t allowed to enter a plea as a result of their case may solely be heard by the next court docket.

Prosecution alleges that Sheikh Mutumba and Tumushabe dedicated the offence in December 2019.

Sheikh Mutumba mentioned he wedded Tumushabe unknowingly, spent two weeks together with his new “spouse” unaware of his true gender, and even complained that the “bride” had refused to undress whereas they slept.

Police that uncovered Tumushabe’s true gender when officers searched him earlier than taking him to cells on prices of stealing a tv set and garments of their neighbour.

The world District Police Commander for Kayunga District, John Lukooto, mentioned that  Tumushabe had duped various males who fell in love with ‘her’ and later stole  their cash.

Tumushabe being led to court docket on Jan. 24. (UhspaUganda picture)

Lukooto advised native media that  mentioned one in all Tumushabe’s  victims from Mayuge (about two hours drive from Kayunga district, east of the capital, Kampala) got here to Kayunga police station after seeing the suspect in newspapers and testified how he fooled them that “she” was their relative and satisfied them to obtain “her” husband for introduction.

“On the introduction day, Tumushabe claimed the husband had received an accident on the best way to the perform and that he had died,” Lukooto mentioned.

Lukooto mentioned the family collected Shs400, 000 (about U.S. $109) which they gave “her” to go and attend the burial of the husband however “she” by no means got here again.

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