Police extend bond for Masaka Priest


Rev. Father Richard Mugisha

The police in Masaka have extended the bond for Fr. Richard Mugisha of Bisanje Catholic Parish, Masaka Diocese.

Last week, Mugisha was summoned following the death of Ronald Kyeyune, 30, a suspected robber who had allegedly broken into the priests’ house.

 It is alleged that the suspect was apprehended by the village security team after allegedly accessing the priests’ residence through the roof.  

Members of the village security committee on night patrol arrested him but an angry mob pounced on him and beat him up leaving him in a critical condition.  The police were called to the scene to rescue the suspect.

For some unclear reason, however, instead of taking the critically injured man to the hospital, the police decided to lock him in the cell, until he died.

Based on police preliminary investigations, it is alleged that the mob acted on Mugisha’s command to lynch the suspect.

Mugisha returned to Masaka Police Station on Thursday for further questioning. According to his lawyer Alexander Lule, police extended the bond to Tuesday because the state prosecutor was not ready with the file.

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Southern Regional Police spokesperson, says that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.   

The priest became one of the prominent priests in the region over his controversial remarks about President Yoweri Museveni’s leadership in addition to rallying Ugandans to vote for change in the 2021 general elections.

He further attacked Brig Deus Sande, the commander- UPDF Armoured Brigade Unit- Masaka, for saying that the army was not ready to hand over power to Robert Kyagulanyi, the National Unity Platform leader, in case he won elections.


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