Pastor Kiwedde, real names William Muwanguzi, has appealed against his three year sentence after one year and two months in jail. Pastor Kiwedde started serving his sentence on January 9, 2014. Pastor Kiwedde was convicted of malicious damage to government property and sentenced to three years by Kalisizo Grade One Magistrate Susan Awidi.
Pastor Kiwedde started serving his sentence on January 9, 2014.
Pastor Kiwedde was convicted of malicious damage to government property and sentenced to three years by Kalisizo Grade One Magistrate Susan Awidi.
The conviction sprung from an attempt by Kiwedde to break out of Kalisizo Government Prison in 2013.
During the attempt, Kiwedde and associates broke a wall of the prison.
Kiwedde was also sentenced to two years for impersonation. The second sentence is to be served after he completes his three year stretch.
However, Kiwedde's lawyers have now appealed against his three year conviction.
Kiwedde's lawyers Fred Kamugunda and Joshua Mugarura presented their client's application of appeal before Hon Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli.
Kiwedde's lawyers argued that presiding magistrate pronounced her judgment in English which the applicant says he does not understand.
The defense also said the sentence did not also indicate the period in which he was to appeal against the sentence and therefore has a right to appeal against it despite the one year and two months he has served.
Defense also submitted that there was no evidence that there was an interpreter during court proceedings which violated the rights of their client.
Kamugunda told court that immediately after the sentence; Pastor Kiwedde was detained at Kasese prison and later was transferred at Luzira government prison. Thereafter Kiwedde was conveyed on Monday 16th March 2015 at Masaka government prisons and did not have time to appeal against the sentence.
However, prosecution led by Ms. Ann Kiiza asked court to not consider Kiwedde's application. Kiiza said that Kiwedde did know he should file an appeal with the same court after sentencing.
Prosecution prayed to court to follow judicial rules that states that the convict will not appeal to Supreme Court against the sentence after fourteen days.
Justice Oguli said that she will make her ruling on 26th March 2015 on whether the appeal will be considered or not.
Pastor Kiwedde and his colleague Julius Mukisa (35) were arrested after they were found impersonating Catholic priests with the intent to extort money from unsuspecting Rakai residents in November 2013.
Kiwedde advertised an unauthorised Charismatic Renewal Payer Service using public address systems, radios and poster. The service purported to be solve problems for the faithful who would turn up at Nabisere Hotel in Kalisizo Town Council.
However, over 50 people who turn up at the venue were surprised when Kiwedde laid a standard procedure for them.
The faithful with minor problems were to pay 5000 shillings while those with more complex problems were to part with 30, 000 shillings.
Among the problems he claimed he would deal with were health ailments like Cancer, Epilepsy, and HIV/AIDs. He said he would also cure blindness and make those who are barren fertile.
Staunch Catholics who turned up became suspicious of Kiwedde and his colleague and decided to inform Matale Parish priests.
As a result, Rev. Fr. Adrian Ssemwanga the Chief Parish for Matale Parish also tipped police about the event leading to their arrest.