Bishop Luwalira attacker remanded again

Herbert Solomon Kaddu being escorted by prison warders. FILE PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • Mr Kaddu, a male adult aged 34, a tour and travel driver and resident of Mackay Zone, Mengo in Rubaga Division, Kampala District denied the charges.
  • It is alleged that Kaddu mistimed his jump and crashed on the altar barrier, which dispelled him to the ground, allowing time for rescue of the stranded clerics.
  • After arrest, the suspect’s relatives told the police that he had a mental problem, but when he was examined by police medics, he was found sane.

A stick-wielding man who was arrested as he rushed forward to beat Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira at the altar during Easter prayers has been remanded again to Luzira Prison.
The Magistrates Court sitting at Mwanga II, before Grade One Magistrate, Mr Julius Mwesigye has today (April 24) remanded Herbert Solomon Kaddu until May 14 this year pending further investigations by the state.
Mr Kaddu was charged with three offences of threatening Bishop Luwalira and Rev. Can. Kityo with violence and disturbing religious assemblies.

Mr Kaddu, a male adult aged 34, a tour and travel driver and resident of Mackay Zone, Mengo in Rubaga Division, Kampala District denied the charges.
He who was remanded a fortnight ago was remanded shortly before prison authorities delivered him to the court premises.

The suspect (Kaddu) was arrested on Easter Sunday (April 1) while dressed in backcloth after jumping over several hurdles to the altar where Bishop Luwalira and the Diocesan Dean Rev. Can Benon Kityo were preparing the Holy Communion session from, throwing the entire congregation into panic.

It is alleged that Kaddu mistimed his jump and crashed on the altar barrier, which dispelled him to the ground, allowing time for rescue of the stranded clerics.
Mr Kaddu was apprehended by police who were joined by congregation, ushers and priests. He was bundled out of church and the service resumed.

Prosecution case
The state alleges that on April 1 this year, at Namirembe Cathedral, with intent to intimidate or annoy Rt Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira threatened to injure the said bishop.
It is alleged Mr Kaddu with intent to annoy also threatened to injure the said Rev. Can. Kityo.
The state further alleged that on the same date and place, Mr Kaddu voluntarily caused a disturbance to an assembly lawfully engaged in the performance or religious worship at Namirembe Church.

Prosecutor Roseline Kipolwa said that investigations are still ongoing. She asked the court to remand the suspect to allow the state complete its inquiries.
Earlier on the police reported Kaddu saying that he had gone to seek healing from evil spirits that have been harassing him for months.

Police detectives reported that Mr Kaddu told them that his intentions were not to harm the bishop but he had taken the backcloth and the traditional stick, which were part of his inheritance, to Bishop Luwalira for burning.
Police reports indicate that upon interrogation on why he forcefully gained entrance into the church, Mr Kaddu reportedly said that he needed help from the bishop yet the security personnel would not have given him access that is why he had to beat the security to try and reach the bishop.

After arrest, the suspect’s relatives told the police that he had a mental problem, but when he was examined by police medics, he was found sane.

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