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Martin Ssempa Begins Serving Sentence

Jim Burroway

October 17th, 2012

And he brings the cameras along to turn what was supposed to be punishment for wrongdoing into a canonization of St. Ssempa.

Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa, who had been a vigorous supporter and apologist for that country’s proposal to impose the death penalty on gay people, was found guilty two weeks ago with five others of falsely accusing a rival pastor of having sexual relationships with male members of his congregation. The guilty verdict stemmed from a May 2009 incident in which Ssempa and the others engaged in a conspiracy to coerce a male church member at Robert Kayanja’s Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral to claim that the parishioner had had sex with Kayanja.

The six were sentenced to a fine of one million Shillings each (about US$390) and one hundred hours of community service. Uganda’s NTV caught up with Ssempa — undoubtedly at Ssempa’s invitation — at Mulago Referral Hospital as he started serving his sentence. Ssempa is many things, including a masterful manipulator of mass media, as this clip very clearly illustrates.

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leonardo Ricardo
October 17th, 2012 | LINK

HOLY VACA, it’s Ugandas version of Bishop Romney (probably not because the Washington C Street religious thugs won’t let a Mormon in).

James
October 18th, 2012 | LINK

I support ssempa Martin. Much as Kayanja bribed his way to justice we in Uganda know the whole truth. This is not the first time Kayanja has been in such a scandal. ssempa you are our hero, a true champion. I love your courage and work. Go on, go on.

Richard Rush
October 18th, 2012 | LINK

I believe that the community service portion of Ssempa’s sentence includes a mandate with the requirement that he eat da poo-poo.

anteros
October 20th, 2012 | LINK

dude opens his mouth “and then what happens… even pewpew comes out… like ice cream…”
if we were to compile a list of blatant lies this guy has told the public… he had it coming but as he says, community service isn’t a (suitable) punishment. the dark cloak may have scored lenience, but the judgment (judge not, lest ye be judged) delivered more justice than the sentence… guilty… eat that, pastor doctor!

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