Ssempa Convicted of False Sodomy Charges

Ssempa Convicted of False Sodomy Charges October 8, 2012

You may remember Martin Ssempa, the Ugandan minister who has led the efforts to put gay people to death in that country. He’s just been convicted of conspiring to destroy a rival minister with false accusations of sodomizing children at his church. The Ugandan Daily Monitor reports:

Buganda Road Court has convicted four Kampala pastors, a businesswoman and a musician for conspiring to tarnish Pastor Kayanja’s reputation.

Pastor Kayanja, heads Lubaga Miracle Centre, in Kampala. His accusers claimed that he sodomised several youths at his church.

Pastors Solomon Male, Martin Ssempa, Michael Kyazze and Robert Kaira, together with Ms Deborah Anita Kyomuhendo, a businesswoman and David Mukalazi, a musician, were convicted by Buganda Road Grade I magistrate, Julius Borore.

Mr Borore sentenced them to a fine of Shs1 million each and community service of 100 hours or serve six months in prison upon failure to pay the fine and performing community service. Community service is where a convict is forced perform manual labour like digging, cleaning public facilities such as schools, collecting garbage among other chores.

If Ssempa is picking up garbage, he should start with himself.

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  • coragyps

    That’s $389 in US dollars – and I have no clue as to how many sheep a pastor must fleece to get that sum in Uganda.

  • Aratina Cage

    If Ssempa is picking up garbage, he should start with himself.

    I love that line. Good to see someone take that asshat to court and win.

  • Didaktylos

    The title is a little ambiguous – my first thought was that it meant Ssempa had been wrongly convicted on sodomy charges.

  • Abby Normal

    Coragyps, that’s about 9 months wages for an average Ugandan.

  • Minister versus minister combat is always a joy to see because they sure can bring the crazy. Except, unfortunately, they always wind up bringing others into it and then it’s less amusing and there are all those bodies to bury.

  • dingojack

    I get US$388.35 or the GDP share for about 796.23 Ugandians.

    Don’t know if that helps any.


  • Wes

    The title is a little ambiguous – my first thought was that it meant Ssempa had been wrongly convicted on sodomy charges.

    Yeah, I had the same confusion. My first thought was, “We’ll see how he likes that ‘Kill the Gays’ law now…”

    But, anyways, it’s good that the courts recognized that he was lying and held him responsible. Hopefully the people of Uganda might start to lose faith in him now and be less willing to go along with his anti-gay bullshit.

  • MikeMa

    Under the circumstances, shouldn’t the crime have been attempted murder as the asshat Ssempa wanted such activity punishable by death? I’d say he got off damned lightly. A perfect highlight to why government shouldn’t be killing citizens.

  • My first thought was, “We’ll see how he likes that ‘Kill the Gays’ law now…”

    I mis-parsed it as that he had been convicted of the crime of falsely sodomizing someone. Presumably the false sodomy was committed with the aid of photoshop or perhaps against a green-screen.

  • RickR

    Gosh, if only I’d throw out my atheism and embraced gawd, I could have some of that “objective morality” like these fine, upstanding folks.

  • I hate fines as a punishment. When you make the punishment for something a fine, you’re basically saying that it’s illegal for poor people, but fine for the wealthy. It’s a way of creating two laws while only putting one on the books. Either fines should be completely eliminated, or they should be a percentage of the person’s wealth rather than a fixed amount.

  • arno


    I’m not sure how fines are calculated elsewhere, but in the German system the judge determines how many “day-rates” the fine is to be for. The day-rate is then the estimated daily income of the person fined.

    This still favors rich people, as their daily income tends to be underestimated, and of course a rich person potentially has a (larger) gap between income and expenses, hence can afford the loss of a day’s income better.

  • Human rubbish, for sure.

  • dingojack

    If those 796.23 persons were Americans that would be $37,692,307.69 or the average wage of 892.297 Americans (or the disposable income of 935.4555 Americans).


  • Hey, y’know what I’m seeing? I’m seeing a sinister sorta serpentine satanic sibilance in the name, “Ssempa”. Hey, I’m not accusing ANYONE; I’m just asking questions, here.

  • tbp1

    @11: Not sure if this is still the case, but in Mexico when I lived there certain offenses (not violent crimes, but things like repeated speeding tickets, garbage dumping, etc.) were punished by fines of a given percentage of the offender’s monthly income. I don’t know how rigorously it was enforced, considering how easy it was to buy your way out of many legal problems, but it seemed like a pretty smart idea to me.