Two people are in police custody in Kamwenge district for allegedly impersonating catholic priests.
The suspects are Joseph Kasukari and Moses Kadole who are residents of Kigaraale Sub County in Kyenjojo district.
The two are said to have entered Kamwenge district on Wednesday and started conning people of their money in addition to moving from one place to another saying that they are working for the Catholic Church.
The two have been claiming to be attached to Nsambya catholic parish in Kampala Archdiocese.
The suspects went ahead to claim that they had been ordained in Fort Portal Diocese before being sent to Nsambya where they have been ministering to God’s people.
Victor Nyamusesa, the officer in charge of criminal investigation and intelligence at Kamwenge Central Police Station, confirms the arrest and says that the police are making further investigations into the matter.
Kamwenge Catholic Parish Priest Rev. Fr. David Byamukama says that there is need for the locals to be on the lookout to scrutinize whoever comes up claiming to be a priest since criminals take advantage of unsuspecting members of the public.
He urges the locals to always report such people to the police for immediate intervention since criminals are using all the tricks they feel can lead them to achieving their motives.
He says that those who usually impersonate religious leaders end up extorting money from the public.
Byamukama says that the two suspects ran out luck when Christians told him about new priests in the area and on crosschecking with Nsambya, he was told that they were not aware of the duo.
James Nankunda met the two suspects before they were arrested. He says that they visited his shop in Kamwenge town council and told him to always pray to be successful in business.
He claims that the suspects told him that his low sales were as a result of witchcraft practiced by his competitors and needed deliverance and had promised to come back to pray for him.
Nakunda had only offered the suspects refreshments and that it was after their arrest he realized that they were most likely planning to something criminal.
In June this year, Makerere University Police arrested a man who had been using fake Facebook accounts and email addresses to extort money from Bishops and their flock.
The man, a resident of Senge Village in Naluvule, Wakiso District was found in possession of two identity cards one in the names of Lukooya Shaka and another in the names of Amoka Richard.
At the time of his arrest, Shaka had reportedly coned 13 bishops, both Catholic and Anglican. Some of those conned included Bishop Patrick Tugume of North Kigezi, Bishop Calistus Rubaramira of Kabale, Bishop Anthony Zziwa of Kiyinda-Mityana, Emeritus Bishop Albert Edward Baharagate of Hoima, Bishop Lambert Bainomugisha of Mbarara, Bishop James Ssebaggala, Bishop Paul Kiptoo of Sebei, and Bishop Cranmer Mugisha of Muhabura among others.