18 April 2019 | Six Adventists have been accused of beating up Samuel Mwebaza, the president of the Western Uganda Field of the Adventist denomination.
Jonathan Kihumuro, Amos Mugenyi, Joshua Kakwezi, Bob Kahebwa, Moses Mutegeki and Julius Kakwezi allegedly assaulted Mwebaza in his office in western Uganda’s Fort Portal on Tuesday, March 19.
On Friday, March 22, the accused were charged them with assault and simple robbery. They allegedly assaulted Mwebaza, destroyed property and stole his phone.
According to PML Daily, the suspected attackers had accused the leader and his staff of misappropriation of denominational funds, apostasy, immorality and “failing” church entities, such as Kabarole Adventist Secondary School and Kihembo Health Centre II.
Local law authorities contacted Adventist leadership in the Ugandan capital of Kampala to address challenges posed by the alleged assault.
According to the denomination’s Office of Archives, Statistics and Research, the Western Uganda Field of the Adventist denomination had 30,349 members and 151 churches as of June 30, 2018.