The Buganda Road Court magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has issued an arrest warrant against Pastor Mondo Mugisha, the proprietor of Empowerment Christian Church International.
Pastor Mondo who is currently on the run is battling 53 counts related to obtaining money by false pretense and conspiracy to commit a felony. The accused allegedly conned pastors and private school directors over Shs 4 billion promising to avail the bursaries.
The matter came up when a group of pastors under their umbrella body, Hands Across the World petitioned the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, Lt Col Edith Nakalema, accusing Pastor Mondo of using the group fleece people.
Prosecution avers that oscillating in the areas of Bombo-Luwero, Tororo, Iganga, Kaliro and Kampala Districts between 2014 and 2020, the man of God obtained over one billion shillings from parents with a motive of helping them.
He is charged along Pastor Siraje Ssemanda, Margaret Kayima also known as Nabbi Omukazi and Jimmy Arinaitwe, the Director of Hands Across the World Initiative Uganda Limited.
Mondo’s lawyer Erias Asiimwe has since told the court that his client fled the country amidst security threats and sickness. He said that by the time of his departure, Mondo’s life was in danger because he was being trailed by armed persons, and asked the court to halt the trial until Mondo’s condition stabilizes.