Mbarara police are holding a pastor accused of defiling a 14-year-old girl during a healing prayer a session.
Pastor Martin Kahira, a Rwandan national reportedly took advantage of his 14-year-old victim a pupil of Sazinga primary school in Mitooma district when she approached him to pray for her to heal from epilepsy.
According to the minor whose identity has been withheld, the pastor took her inside his room where he repeatedly defiled her for a week and asked not to reveal the matter to anybody.
She says Kahira threatened to turn her into a snake should she dare open her mouth. A medical report shows that the minor was indeed defiled.
Jonas Natusasira, the aunt of the defilement victim says that she nearly also fell in the trap of the errant pastor.
According to Natusasira, Kahira convinced her that she was bewitched by her mother in law not get any affection from her husband and that he needed to pray for her.
She says in the course of the prayer, the pastor started fondling her breast and touched her private parts to drive her into sex but she realized the folly.
Polly Namaye, the Rwizi regional police spokesperson says that they have subjected the pastor to a medical check up to establish his mental status before he can appear in court on charges of defilement.
Anita Basiime, a senior nursing officer at Mbarara regional referral hospital has faulted Pentecostal pastors for risking the lives of many sick people.
She says that on several occasions pastors visit the hospital and take away patients with promises of praying for them. Basiime says that many patients miss out on treatment and return with complications.