Uganda: homophobic preachers back in court on Wednesday 4 April

Rev Kayanja during a previous court appearance

Ugandan police have cleared the Kampala trial magistrate in the landmark homophobic smear case against four prominent Christian preachers, of claims that he was compromised by the claimant, Pastor Robert Kayanja.

The New Vision reported that a police report cleared Magistrate John Patrick Wekesa of any wrongdoing.

Wekesa has been trying a case involving pastors Solomon Male, Martin Sempa, Michael Kyazze and Robert Kayiira against their evangelical rival Kayanja whom they claim sodomised members of his congregation.

The case is due to resume on April 4 in Kampala.

Wekesa had ruled that the pastors had a case to answer when two women associated with the four accused, Grace Nabifo and Evelyn Chawo alleged that the magistrate had received gifts of a car and cash from Kayanja.

Wekesa denied the allegations but the case was halted until the police could complete investigations into the matter. According to a Police report, the claims were false.

In the meantime, Paul Rutisya, one of the lawyers representing the pastors against Kayanja, said they have secured a court order from the Chief Registrar of the High Court Henry Adonyo asking Wekesa to step down from hearing the case.

Wekesa has on numerous occasions complained that the pastors were plotting smear tricks against him.

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