Saturday November 11 2017

Man claiming to be ‘Jesus Christ’ re-arrested, remanded to prison


A video grab of Emmanuel Solomon Ssemakula talking to NTV at Kiwoko Grade I Magistrate’s Court in Nakaseke District shortly before he was released on bail in July 2016 for calling himself Jesus Christ. He was on Thursday this week re-arrested in Luweero district over the same offences. 


The Chief Magistrate’s Court in Luweero District has remanded a man for allegedly calling himself ‘Jesus Christ.’
When arraigned before the court’s Chief Magistrate Juliet Hatanga on November 9 on charges of belonging to an unlawful society contrary to section 56 (1) and 2 (a) of the Penal code Act while at the same time managing an unlawful Society contrary to section 57 of the Penal Code Act, the man said he was called Joshua ‘Jesus Christ.’

However it emerged that Joshua had denounced the title of ‘Jesus Christ’ and disbanded his cult in Nakaseke District in August 2016 where he had been charged over the same offences.
Joshua who was then calling himself Solomon Ssemakula alias Jesus Christ disappeared shortly after Kiwoko Grade I Magistrate’s Court in Nakaseke District released him on bail in July 2016.

He was early this week re-arrested in Luweero District with the same title claiming not to be under any secular authority including the President of Uganda.

He was arraigned in court along with three of his followers and remanded to Butuntumula Government Prison in Luweero District until November 22, 2017 when they will appear before Chief Magistrate Juliet Hatanga for hearing.

Like their leader, Joshua’s co-accused refused to reveal their true identities preferring to be called Femera Shanita, Zomonu Parusha Zanoni and Nuseni Dawunini. They were denied bail after they told court that they had no relatives who would stand surety and to enable them secure bail.

Particulars of the case reveal that Joshua alias ‘Jesus Christ’, Femera Shanita, Zomunu Parusha and Nuseni Dawunini and others still at large between the month of August and October 2017 held and convened unlawful society at Butalyamisana village in Bamunanika Subcounty in Luweero District.
They allegedly claimed that they are not subject to any Worldly authority including the police, local Council administration and the President of Uganda posing a threat and inciting to interfere with or resisting to submit to the laws of the land and Uganda.