Pastor “Kiwedde” Remanded Over Impersonation

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Pastor William Muwanguzi popularly known as “Kiwedde” has today appeared in court on charges of impersonation. Muwanguzi with his co-accused Julius Mukasa appeared before Bbosa Lutalo, the Kalisizo Grade II Magistrate.

Pastor William Muwanguzi popularly known as “Kiwedde” has today appeared in court on charges of impersonation.
 
Muwanguzi with his co-accused Julius Mukasa appeared before Bbosa Lutalo, the Kalisizo Grade II Magistrate.
 
In a fully-packed courtroom, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and they were remanded to Kalisizo Prison until 26th November 2013.
 
Although Muwanguzi changed his name to Paul Mwamba in 2010 claiming to be Kenyan, he has been charged as William Muwanguzi.
 
The accused had no sureties for bail and a boda boda cyclist identified as Hassan Muweesi who volunteered to stand as surety lacked the required documents.
 
Prosecution led by Mariam Akite also told court that Muweesi did not have knowledge of Muwanguzi and Mukasa’s permanent residence.
 
At around noon, people of different faith had gathered to witness Muwanguzi’s case while others were just eager to see him for the first time.
 
Muwanguzi and Mukasa were arrested on Saturday last week for allegedly posing as Catholic priests with intent to extort money from unsuspecting residents of Rakai.
 
Muwanguzi advertised an unauthorised Charismatic Renewal Payer Service using public address systems, radios and posters.
 
The service was purportedly meant to solve problems of the faithful who would turn up at Nabisere Hotel in Kalisizo Town Council.
 
Among the problems he claimed he would deal with during the service were health ailments like Cancer, Epilepsy, and HIV/AIDs. He said he would also cure blindness and make those who are barren fertile. 
 
But 50 people who turned up for the healing prayers were surprised when Muwanguzi informed that they had to pay for the service. He said those with minor problems would pay 5000 shillings and those with more complex problems at least 30, 000 shillings.
 
Staunch Catholics became suspicious of Muwanguzi’s service and informed Matale Parish priests who tipped off police leading to his arrest.
 
Pastor Leonard Sserwadda, the overseer of National Fellowship of Born Again Churches in the Southern Region, says they denounced Muwanguzi a couple of years ago and rejected him. 
 
Pastor Kiwedde has been implicated in questionable activities over the years but somehow always escaped the long arm of the law.