Islamists are suspected of the murder of Samson Nfunyeku, whose body was found close to his home in eastern Uganda on 23 September after he had taken part in a church-organised debate with Islamic scholars. The discussion had to be cut short after tempers flared.
Islamists threatened Samson after a similar discussion four months ago. “They gave a warning that such debates were not good for Muslims,” one participant said.
Samson’s body was found with head injuries; he is believed to have been strangled. He was 59, had seven children and was the grandfather of 16.
Then, on 19 October, his brother’s wife was also killed. Mamwikomba Mwanika, mother of eight, died en route to a hospital after Muslims dragged her from her home at about 9pm and assaulted her.
Strangers approached Mamwikomba while at home, asking for her husband. When she stated he was away, they told her, “Your husband has followed the religion of his brother, and we had warned you people to stop these activities, but our message has landed on deaf ears.”
“The attackers dragged our mother outside the house as she screamed and cried for help,” said her 13-year-old child.
Soon afterwards, Mwanika’s husband arrived, and they found her unconscious in a pool of blood 100 metres away. They rushed her to the hospital, but she was declared dead upon arrival, her husband said.
Sources: International Christian Concern, Morning Star News, Release International
• Please pray for Samson and Mamwikomba’s families and friends, especially their young children, during their time of mourning.
• Pray that Christians in Uganda will continue to love their Muslim neighbours and not become fearful of sharing their faith.
• Pray for Muslims who are coming to Christ; many face hatred and hostility from their communities.
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