Police in Ntungamo District on Friday arrested a woman and three others for allegedly assaulting a priest during at a burial.
It is said that Rev Nathan Nkuranga had gone to the suspects’ home in Kishami Parish, Ruhaama East Sub-county, for the burial of Brazio Biryomumaisho.
Sources had it that the deceased had been starved to death and in his homily preaching, Rev. Nkuranga preached against mistreatment of spouses which angered the widow Ms. Christine Mbabazi, who attempted to hit him with a stick.
It is alleged that four other family members tried to intervene and the priest was chased out of their home without ending the service
Rev Nkuranga told media that for him he was preaching in general and not necessarily referring to the widow.
“I only said it is only a foolish woman who mistreats her husband, with whom they’ve had children to the extent of starving him. I also said domestic violence is on the rise where women and their sons mistreat the elderly so that they can share property after they have died,” he said.
Mr Moses Bagambe, the elder brother, had earlier told mourners that the deceased had been mistreated, denied food, beaten and at times chased out of the house by his wife and three sons who were demanding to divide the family land.
“We managed to take him to hospital with the intervention of the village chairperson, and when we reached him there, no one followed him. On the day his wife came to the hospital, he died. This caused suspicion from the family and to stop the suspicion and conflict, the reverend advised us that before burial, there must be a post-mortem done,” Mr Bagambe said.
The priest said he also ordered for a post-mortem to allay mourners’ fears.
“I ordered that a post-mortem must be first done and we establish the real cause of the man’s death given the behavior she showed,” Rev Nkuranga said.
He said before the widow could hit him with a stick, he held it firmly and called police to intervene.
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