A report has gone viral on the internet about some Muslims in Eastern Uganda, who attacked a church in Katira, Budaka district, to attack several church members and also ‘forcefully slept’ with about 15 women. Reports gathered that, the men have reportedly committed the crime so as to punish their pastor for sharing the gospel with Muslims in the state. However, the report shows that two weeks after the attack on Katira Church which occurred on January 15, Pastor Moses Mutasa and eight other Christians are still missing.
According to Morning Star News, the Islamic radicals, who attacked the 500-member congregation during an evening prayer meeting with clubs and sticks, reportedly blamed the pastor for leading people to Jesus Christ. A church leader and eye witness revealed that: “Away with the pastor who is converting our Muslims to Christianity. Women's clothing was found inside and outside the church building.” Reverend Musa Mukenye, who oversees several churches in the district's Iki-iki County, said at a meeting with local officials and police that the fate of the kidnapped Christians is still unknown. Police are investigating the details and circumstances behind the attack on the church, which has also left parts of the church damaged. Mukenye revealed that tensions between the local Christian and Muslim groups has been rising following several threats of such attacks from the Islamic radicals, accusing the Christians of converting Muslims to their faith.