The house of prayer ministries international senior Pastor Aloysius Bugingo and his staff that later become his partner Susan Makula; have been served with criminal summons demanding them to appear before Entebbe Court to answer bigamy charges this Friday of the 21st January 2022

What You Need To Know

  • Pastor Bugingo is still married to Teddy Naluswa Bugingo
  • Pastor Bugingo and Teddy Naluswa Bugingo are still attending the Divorce proceedings in Court
  • Pastor Bugingo was introduced by Susan Makula before divorcing Teddy Naluswa Bugingo
  • Pastor Bugingo and Suzan Makula have been served with criminal charges. They are required to appear before the court on Friday to answer charges of bigamy

The Case

The whole matter started with a saga of Pastor Bugingo having a relationship with one of his staff by the name of Suzan Mukula. The saga was followed by Pastor Bugingo publically accepting that he has a relationship with Suzan Makula highlighting a number of issues as to why he left his former wife Teddy Bugingo.

With continuous abuses to his former wife in the public space, pastor Bugingo went ahead for a formal visit to the family of Suzan Makula in the last week of November 2021. Barely two weeks after he was formally introduced to the family of Suzan Makula with the whole ceremony aired live on salt media.

His introduction forced a number of legal personalities to pick interest in this case. Among the people that picked interest, in this case, was Male Mabirizi a renowned lawyer fond of reporting goodwill criminal cases. However barely a month into this case, the DPP came out to take over the case from Male Mabirizi which seemed unfair in the eyes of Male Mabirizi.

Barely a week after the DPP took over the case; Pastor Bugingo and Suzan Makula have been summoned with criminal charges of bigamy by the Entebbe court.

Bigamy charges are placed on an individual who goes ahead to marry another person while they are still legally married to another. In Uganda, once convicted of bigamy, you are liable to imprisonment of up to five years. However, these kinds of charges are not common in Uganda because Uganda is generally a polygamous society. The only difference in the case of Pastor Bugingo is; he committed to monogamous marriage (Church marriage) thus attracting Bigamy charges.

There are mainly four types of marriage in Uganda. Church marriage, customary marriage, civil marriage, and Muslim marriage. Among these four types of marriage; it’s only church marriage and civil marriage that attract bigamy charges. This is so because the other two categories leave room for polygamy.

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