JINJA: ‘People power pastor’ arrested over anti-coronavirus comments

Pastor Andrew Musinguzi enters a car.


  • The two were hosted on BABA FM
  • The Man of God and RDC punched each other over decision to distribute food to vulnerable people in Kampala Metropolitan Area
  • The Man of God told Sakwa to “go tell his mother”

Police in Jinja has arrested Pastor Andrew Muwanguzi who subscribes to the opposition People Power Movement led by Kyadondo East MP, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi.

The Man of God was arrested on Saturday and driven to Nalufenya detention facility. His arrest follows a bitter clash with Jinja RDC, Eric Sakwa over the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The arrest also followed an emotionally charged radio talk show on Basoga Baino (BABA FM) in which Sakwa and Muwanguzi engaged in bitter exchanges of words to the astonishment of the listening population,” our reporter in Jinja, says.

The Saturday talk show hosted by Atanausus Kalyowa was probing whether Government (the executive) had defied Parliament (legislature) on the proposed distribution of emergency food to the most vulnerable poor population in the Kampala Metropolitan Area.

Parliament stopped the proposed distribution until a comprehensive plan is made to be spread to all the 135 districts in the country since all parts of the country are affected by the virus.

However, government ignored the order and the distribution kicked off Saturday as planned provoking mixed reactions from sections of leaders, some welcoming while others accuse the executive of disrespect.

Ps Muwanguzi who also heads True Worship Church in Kamuli questions the move by the government which he accuses of acting outside the law.

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“…we all know the law and it’s important that the three arms of the state namely the executive, parliament and the judiciary are seen to be working in harmony”, Muwanguzi argues.

This did not augur well with Sakwa who hit back at the man of God cum politician not only with words but with a good punch on the head only to be restrained by panelists.

“…the President has an executive power to offer directives and pronouncements on any matter of urgent nature like is the case now, of this dreadful pandemic, so stop your nonsense”, the seemingly irritated Sakwa responded.

Matters were made worse when Sakwa made demeaning and dirty statements asking Muwanguzi, in vernacular, to ‘go tell his father’. The man of God, probably out of anger, answered in the same language asking Sakwa to ‘go tell his mother’, which earned him another punch.

As if that was not enough, the circumcised man from Mbale rubbed Muwanguzi on the wrong side by asking him to take his garbage words to the uncouth Bobi Wine, triggering another spell of outbursts.

Muwanguzi who had also lost his temper criticized Sakwa for not having respect for other leaders, saying he could not tolerate hearing the RDC hurl insults at Bobi Wine who was not only absent but not a topic of the radio discussion.

He touched the wrong button by branding Sakwa, as a hypocrite and one of the most corrupt leaders in Jinja who is selling movement permits to desperate people at a cost of 200,000 each.

“…I have two fellow pastors who paid you two hundred thousand shillings each to be issued with the movement permits and I have evidence so you do not have the moral authority…”, the equally water-mouthed Muwanguzi roared.

Other panelists who included Pastor Tom Ngobi vying Jinja East and the Namayingo Deputy RDC Majid Dhikusooka spent the greater time of the two -hour talk show that airs every Saturday between 10.00am-12 mid-day struggling to cool down tempers.

Now information available indicate that Sakwa has lodged a complaint at the CID headquarters in Kampala alleging that Muwanguzi is misleading followers that COVID-19 does not exist.

“…I know am going to be arrested on a trumped up charge, but am a steady and sober leader who cannot tell followers or anybody that COVID -19 does not exist”, Muwanguzi denied the allegation.

He instead accused Sakwa of using the COVID-19 pandemic to pursue personal and political vendetta at people and politicians perceived to be opponents of his friends.

Jinja DPC Ahmed Asunira says they have not yet received any formal complaints but promised to act swiftly and arrest the pastor or any other person accused of sabotaging the anti COVID-19 campaigns.

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