By Kampala Sun Writer
“I didn’t go to jail on Friday, so I decided to lay on the holy ground on which I was sent to do the work of God. Otherwise, if I had been thrown in prison, I would lie on concrete.”
Those were the words of House of Prayer Ministries International pastor Aloysius Bugingo as he lay flat on his back on the soil instead of the concrete pulpit at Canaan Land in Makerere yesterday.
He thanked God for giving him another chance to preach His word.
Bugingo later asked his friend, Suzan Makula Nantaba, to join him at the front. They held hands and knelt before the congregants.
On Friday, court presided over by Entebbe Grade One Magistrate Stella Okwong Paculal granted Bugingo and Makula a cash bail of sh3m each and sh10m non-cash to each of their three sureties.
The duo face charges related to contracting marriage by customary law when already married, which is contrary to Section 50 of the Marriage Act and marrying a person previously married, which is contrary to Section 42 of the Marriage Act.
On December 20, 2003, Bugingo is said to have gotten married to Teddy Naluswa vide certificate number 376 through church marriage at Victory Centre Church. On December 7 last year, Bugingo allegedly conducted a customary marriage at Bwerenga, Katabi town council in Wakiso district.
Bugingo continued: “It’s because of your prayers, because of the grace of God that we are here.”
He urged the faithful to continue praying for them.
“Every time you pray, God hears,” Bugingo said.
Bugingo then turned to Makula, asking: “Do you have something to say.”
The two are to appear in court on February 18 for mention of charges as investigations into the matter continue