The founder of house of prayer ministries Pastor Aloysious Bugingo and his newly ‘introduced’ mistress Suzan Makula Nantaba, have been charged by Entebbe magistrates court on two counts under the marriage Act and one count under the Penal Code Act.
The duo were charged with contracting marriage by customary law when already married which is contrary to section 50 of the marriage Act. In the second count, Suzan Makula Nantaba was charged for marrying a person previously married, which is contrary to section 42 of the marriage Act.
Court presided over by Entebbe grade one magistrate Stella Okwong Paculal, ordered the couple to appear in court on January 21, 2022 to answer the charges. Pastor Bugingo and Suzan Makula were dragged to court by public litigants Male Mabirizi and Robert Rutaro Muhairwe for engaging in a marriage process yet still married to Teddy Bugingo.
“There is no doubt, a crime was committed in broad daylight where Bugingo, known to be a married person, went through a marriage ceremony with someone else while the other marriage is still subsisting. We therefore expect him to come and plead guilty to these charges and serve the sentence in prison,” contends Rutaro.
The other litigant Mabirizi noted that the institution of marriage will lose credibility and relevance if Bugingo’s action goes unchallenged. “People commit these crimes everyday so, this is an opportunity to educate the public about these laws and also instill confidence in the family systems,” expressed Mabirizi.
On December 20, 2003, Pastor Bugingo got married to Teddy Naluswa vide certificate number 376 through church marriage at Victory church centre and on December 7, 2021, Bugingo conducted a customary marriage at Bwerenga, Katabi town council in Wakiso district.
Section 42 of the marriage Act states that Any person who, being unmarried, goes through the ceremony of marriage with a person whom he or she knows to be married to another person, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years.
Section 50 states that any person who, having contracted marriage under the Act or any modification or reenactment of this Act, during the continuance of that marriage contracts a marriage in accordance with customary law, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years.