Self proclaimed Prophet Elvis Mbonye has threatened to sue Uganda police officers over persecution and violation of his fundamental human rights.
Through his lawyers of Walyemera & CO Advocates, Mbonye says his continued appearance at the police criminal investigation department to renew his bond is not only inconveniencing but also a breach of his rights.
In October, the Zoe Fellowship Ministries lead preacher was summoned to Uganda Police’s Criminal Investigations Department headquarters in Kibuli for questioning over alleged decampaigning of government’s national measles-rubella immunization campaign.
Mbonye had used his official Facebook account to bash the campaign alleging that the vaccines to be used will cause Autism in children which forced the Ministry of Health (MoH) together with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to caution Mbonye to stop his social media propaganda against the campaign.
Ever since he was summoned, Mbonye has been making endless rounds to CID headquarters in the name of extending his bond.
“It was categorically clarified that Prophet Elvis Mbonye is not Mugisha Elvis Mbonye who’s alleged to have authored the social media post,” Walyemera’s letter addressed to CIID director Grace Akullo reads in part.
It adds that having declared that the account wasn’t his, this would have meant the closure of the file. However, the letter adds that instead, Mbonye has been subjected to numerous unnecessary, unending and disrupting appearances at the CIID offices to fulfil his police bond requirements.
“We take the firm view that the inquiry and investigations into this otherwise straight forward matter is unreasonably and deliberately being delayed. It’s quite absurd that while Mbonye’s Facebook communications channel is widely known, the investigating officers deliberately and strategically choose to be mistaken concerning his identity,” the letter says.
Now Dan Walyemera, Mbonye’s lawyer, says they have given police up to December 13 to respond to their concerns or they take action.
“We are going to take these individual police officers to court for persecuting prophet Mbonye. You know we have a very good law now which can deal with these officers who are disrupting the movement of a law-abiding citizen,” Walyemera said.
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