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Minister, bodyguard beat up bishops planting cassava on disputed land

An Anglican Bishop in Uganda is demanding for justice after being physically assaulted by a senior government official.

Bishop Kosea Odongo has asked President Yoweri Museveni to punish State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru for allegedly assaulting three clerics.

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According to reports, the minister accompanied by his bodyguard pounced on the clerics attached to St John’s Church, Wera and beat them up over land issues.

The church is involved in a land dispute with Wera Seed Secondary School.

“I don’t have any ill feelings against my honourable minister; he is a synod member who is also my MP, but what he did is barbaric; it’s unfortunate,” Bishop Odongo said.

On the material day, it is said that Simon Peter Olato, Simon Peter Eriku, and Benjamin Otasono received the beating as they planted cassava stems on the land.

The bishop argued that Ecweru could have used legal means to solve the dispute, adding that he tried to reach the minister on phone but he was not picking his calls.

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The three are currently receiving treatment at a medical centre in Soroti.

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