Police in Uganda have confirmed arrest of two South Sudanese refugees and a local evangelist for allegedly mobilizing a mob which lynched a pastor recently.
The pastor, whom the police identified as Bunia Margret, was beaten to death by angry refugees at Pagirinya Settlement after she reportedly said during a church service that peace shall never come to South Sudan as written in the bible.
However, West Nile regional police spokesperson Josephine Angucia said witnesses who testified to police say the three arrested men acted out of jealousy after the female pastor attracted large congregations.
“The deceased pastor, Margret, went to preach the word of God at the refugee camps of Adjumani district and she got a big congregation. According to witnesses this didn’t go well with other pastors at the refugee camps,” said ASSP. Angucia.
The accused are the two South Sudanese refugees: Kato Evarest Duku, aged 42; Gama James Andruga, aged 46; and Ugandan national Ondoga Alex, aged 41.
ASSP. Angucia said although other suspects are still at large, the police is working to arrest them.
“Whoever participated in this should know that at the rightful time he or she will be arrested and prosecuted before the law because this not accepted by the law of Uganda,” she stressed.