14 May 2008

Uganda: Pastor Muwanguzi Arrested At U.S Embassy

Kampala — The Police yesterday netted a city pastor over the disappearance of a reconditioned 4-wheel drive vehicle, one detectives claim he stole.

Pastor William Muwanguzi of the Entebbe Road-based Holy Fire Church in Namulanda, was arrested by Police detectives at the U.S Embassy in Kampala yesterday morning.

"He was arrested at the American Embassy at 10 am by our security personnel that had been alerted and deployed in every place searching for him over theft of the vehicle," said Kampala Extra Region Police Spokesman Simeo Nsubuga. The police publicist added that Mr Muwanguzi, commonly known as Pastor Kiwedde, was locked up at Katwe Police Station, where he is still detained on case file reference number CRB 2808/08/Katwe Police Station. The pastor is alleged to have disappeared with a Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle worth Shs24 million belonging to one Mr Michael Sango alias Dai, of the East African Disco in Nyendo, Masaka District. "He was arrested over theft of the motor vehicle registration number UAH 419T which belongs to a businessman Mr Sango," said Mr Nsubuga.

He said although the police had not yet recovered the vehicle, investigations had revealed that the beleaguered pastor's wife apparently took the vehicle to the Democratic Republic of Congo last month with the intention of selling it.

According to a detective who preferred anonymity, Mr Muwanguzi was trying to get an American visa to "flee the country after we declared him a wanted man." The American Embassy said Muwanguzi was going for a visa interview.

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