Police in Uganda on Monday arrested a man who allegedly burned down three churches in Kasokoso Kira Municipality in Wakiso District saying that the churches preach prosperity and yet they have failed to get him out of poverty.
A police statement that was issued says the man, Mr John Reagan Ngobi, 21, confessed to burning the churches for failing to get him out of poverty.
“I burnt these churches because of anger arising from the fact that these churches preach about prosperity but I have remained poor all throughout,” John confessed to the police.
“That his poverty situation motivated him to buy two litres of petrol and one for paraffin which he used to burn church property with the intent to burn the churches completely to ashes. In his minds up to now since he left the fire burning in these respective churches, he still believes that the churches were completely burnt,” in part reads the statement from police.
The churches which were burnt include; St Noah Catholic Church Kasokoso under the leadership of Rev Father Mathias Mulumba Kalemba; Liberty church of Christ international for Born Agains under the leadership of Pastor Bageya Vincent; and God’s Tour promising church located in Kasokoso under Pastor Odinga Kadika Nandere.
Police said in a statement that: “In one church, things like sofa set, alter wine, curtains, and church books whose value is not yet established, were burnt. In another church, clothes for the reverend, church books, alter wine, curtains and plastic chairs all valued at Shs1.5 million were put on fire with intent to burn the whole church but the fire did not spread further.”