Martin Ssempa, 3 Others Plead Not Guilty To Conspiracy Charges

Jim Burroway

January 4th, 2011

The Ugandan pro-government newspaper New Vision reports that anti-gay pentecostal pastors Martin Ssempa, Solomon Male, Michael David Kyazze, and Robert Kayiira have entered not guilty pleas before Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate John Wekesa. According to New Vision, they are being charged with “conspiring to injure the reputation of Pastor Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Centre.

The four pastors are charged with falsely accusing Kayanja of sodomy. The charges stem from a retaliation campaign the four pastors waged against their rival last year. Such retaliation campaigns are commonplace in Uganda where pastors vie for attention, influence and power. Top megachurch leaders routinely find themselves accused of various crimes by rival pastors in the fierce competition for church members.

In a blog post on December 30, 2010, Ssempa denied that he was involved with a conspiracy to injure Kayanja’s reputation. That same day on the same blog, Ssempa posted an attack on Kayanja, accusing him of sodomy. Which means that on his very own blog, Ssempa commits the very offense that he denies being guilty of.


January 4th, 2011

“Which means that on his very own blog, Ssempa commits the very offense that he denies being guilty of.”

Gods, I swear, it’s like arguing with a five year old.

No disrespect to actual kids intended, it just seems to me that’s about the level of logic involved here.

Paul J. Stein

January 4th, 2011

The ego of religious leaders…nothing has changed since the “Money Changers in the Temple” incident a few years back.


January 5th, 2011

according to the daily monitor article referenced on ssempa’s blog, Mr Matovu and Samson Mukisa were medically examined but no evidence of enoleaking and feasting was found.

crazy how ssempa accuses ordinary lgbti ugandans of using foreign money to ‘recruit’ minors into homosexuality, then decides to use foreign money to recruit minors as pawns in his dirty and deceitful anti-gay crusades.


January 5th, 2011

“crazy how ssempa accuses ordinary lgbti ugandans of using foreign money to ‘recruit’ minors into homosexuality, then decides to use foreign money to recruit minors as pawns in his dirty and deceitful anti-gay crusades”

Do as I Say, Not as I Do, at its finest.


January 12th, 2011

“Cos Jesus he knows me
And he knows I’m right
I’ve been talking to Jesus all my life
Oh yes he knows me
And he knows I’m right
And he’s been telling me
Everything is alright”

Genesis – Jesus he knows me

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