Buganda Road Magistrates Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate, Gladys Kamasanyu extended the criminal summons to Pastor Franklin Mondo after being informed that the man of god is battling COVID-19.
defence lawyer, Robert Rutaro told court that his client who tested positive for coronavirus late last month is still on treatment and therefore it’s prudent for him not to appear in court.
the magistrate adjourned the case to January 28, 2021, and extended the summons until then.
Pastor Mondo is jointly charged with two other pastors, Margaret Nakayima commonly known as Maggie Kayima aka Nabbi Omukazi, Pastor Siraje Ssemanda and lawyer Jimmy Arinaitwe, the Director of Hands Across the World Initiative Uganda Limited.
Although the prosecution alleges that the money involved in the fraud case is 4.5 Billion Shillings, for Pastor Mondo, it is alleged that him and others between 2014 and 2020 obtained more than one billion shillings from eleven p
eople on different occasions.
This was reportedly done by pretending that their organization Hands Across the World Initiative Uganda Limited would construct churches for the pastors, houses for the needy, offer scholarships and educate the needy children in the community from whose parents the money was collected which was not true.