A farmer Joseph Rukuuta resident of Bukenke village, Kagamba Sub County in Rakai District has cut the left hand of Kyaruyimuka Church of Uganda reverend Zadoch Bahwera
Rukuta a farmer allegedly caught Rev.Bahwera red-handed in his banana plantation so he said that he cut his hand to prevent him from stealing his matooke.
The Reverend is now admitted to Rakai General Hospital after his condition worsened from the cells of Kyaluyimuka Police post where he had been detained.
Dr. Yasin Kiyemba, operating at Rakai hospital said they are doing everything possible to treat the reverend’s arm.
Bahwera has a wife and four children and it is believed he was struggling to get them what to feed on.
Simon Barigye, one of the believers who pray from Kyaruyimuka church said their church has a small congregation and the offertory that comes out can hardly sustain Bahwera’s family.
“Our church receives a minimum of 20 believers every Sunday who raise very limited offertory. It’s only on public holidays where we increase to around 50 people. Offertory is, therefore, too little to sustain his family,” he explained.
Barigye further said that their reverend has been a matooke trader in a nearby town of Kyotera.
Ben Nuwamanya, the Rakai District Police Commander confirmed the incident saying Bahwera will be handled according to the law.
“Let us wait for him to heal as investigations go on. We shall handle him according to the law,” he said.
Canon Nkambo Mugerwa, who heads the Rakai archdeaconry, said Bahwera was recently reported to be mentally unstable and such an act could have come as a result of the disability.
“I’m a bit sickly but I received that information. Our servant has however, been reported to be mentally unstable. He could be in need of assistance,” he explained.