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EXCLUSIVE: Magistrate Under Fire Over Kayanja Sodomy Case


hospital http://clinico.cl/wp-admin/includes/image.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Grade One Magistrate John Wekesa will soon face a panel of Judicial officials for his suspicious conduct during the hearing of a case in which Pastor Robert Kayanja is accused of destroying anal systems of boys.

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“We write to register our complaint against the trial magistrate in the above matter his worship John Wekesa. In particular in both his professional and ethical conduct in regard to the case,” the pastors’ protest letter forwarded to the Chief Registrar of Court reads in part.

The pastors further insist Wekesa used threatening language during the trial.

Wekesa shocked the nation last week when he put to defence reputed anti-sodomy pastors, saying they had planned to soil Kayanja’s reputation.

The Pastors, well known for fighting homosexuality and sodomy in Uganda, had proved that Kayanja’s victims had approached them for help.

The Pastors subsequently advised the boys reportedly sodomised by Kayanja to report the matter at police and they complied.

It later appeared the boys were “sweet-talked” to turn around and accuse the anti-sodomy pastors of planning to soil Kayanja’s name.

The boys were surprisingly arrested last year for reportedly “tarnishing” Kayanja’s name.

The public suspected police, which were being used by Kayanja, aimed at intimidating and forcing the victims to “swallow” their statements.

In fact President Yoweri Museveni had to intervene to protect the victims from police persecution.

Kayanja, had at the time, forked out a huge sum of money to ‘renovate’ police apartments in Kampala.

Ssempa says they want Judiciary to establish whether Wekesa did not conduct himself unprofessionally during the trial.

“We did not expect justice because the Magistrate was biased from day one,” Ssemmpa told our news desk today Monday.

According to information obtained, the pastors have as well forwarded recorded video evidence to the Chief Registrar of Courts as evidence of Wekesa’s misconduct during the trial.

The pastors have also submitted photographs of a Shs80m Land Cruiser machine which Wekesa started cruising in the middle of the trial.

The pastors are accused alongside businesswoman Dorothy Kyomuhendo, and local musician David Mukalazi.

The development underlines the growing tendencies of corruption in Judiciary.

Dated December 15, 2011, the protest letter is also addressed to the Chief Magistrate Buganda Road Court in Kampala.

Judiciary has now ordered the trial be halted pending investigations into the conduct of Wekesa.

The file is now in the hands of Chief Magistrate Vincent Mugabo.

Ssempa says the anti-sodomy pastors expect feedback by January 18.


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