Young Ugandan Woman Killed for Following Jesus Christ
According to accounts, a Muslim lady, 23, who had converted to Christianity in eastern Uganda on September 18 was poisoned to death that evening.
On September 18, Namata Habiiba accepted the invitation of a friend to attend a church service in Wakawaka village, Bugiri District, where she professed her trust in Jesus.
After her parents died in a car accident in 2019, Habiiba moved in with her Muslim stepmother. When she and a friend came back from church, her stepmother questioned why they had left so late. According to the acquaintance, whose name is omitted for security concerns, Habiiba’s stepmother, Namu Sauya, stopped speaking to her after she informed her that she had attended a religious service and converted to Christianity.
The companion, who was fasting that day and didn’t eat, said that Sauya made and gave them food before leaving the room. The companion said that within minutes, Habiiba started complaining of excruciating stomach discomfort and started throwing up.
She said that the buddy yelled for Sauya but got no answer. Soon after, the neighbors showed up, but Habiiba’s companion reported that Sauya had vanished.
They hurried Habiiba to a Bugiri hospital, where a doctor gave her medicine, but the companion said that she passed very shortly after. She said that a postmortem revealed she had consumed rat poison before passing away.
A local neighbour reported that Habiiba leaves behind a 3-year-old kid. The source said that the father, a Muslim who is already married, intended to take her as his second wife.
Authorities in the area and other locals denounced the murder and started looking for Sauya, who is still missing, the resident claimed.
On Saturday, September 24, Habiiba’s corpse was interred in Musubi village, where her father was also put to rest.
Mom Punished for Her Faith
After finding that his wife had become a Christian, a Muslim in Kiboga District’s Bamusuta village beat and abandoned her.
Falida Nazziwa, 42, attended an all-night prayer vigil on September 10 at an unidentified church in Kiboga town while her truck driver husband was abroad, according to her. Nazziwa, a covert Christian, thought her husband Saidi Mudogo would return in the evening on September 11; nevertheless, he was already home when she arrived, she said.
Nazziwa told Morning Star News that when she returned home in the morning, her husband was “extremely angry on the property” and had inquired as to where she had slept. “I told him the truth, that I had gone to the church for an overnight prayer. He immediately seized on my neck after hearing the phrase “overnight prayer,” yelling, “Prayers, not in my home,” and began hitting and strangling me while yelling, “Allah akbar [God is greater]! Infidel, infidel!'”
Two men responded to Nazziwa’s calls for help and went to save her, but Mudogo drove them away and they sought safety at an unspecified place, according to Nazziwa. Three other elder children of the marriage were not home at the time.
For concerns of safety, the church pastor declined to provide his identity. He said that Nazziwa had received care in a hospital in Kiboga. He claimed that she had inside injuries causing excruciating pain and was taking medicine for swelling.
The pastor told Morning Star News that while the spouse has vanished since then, they will eventually find him. “I have informed the Kiboga police station about the incident. We really hope that the attacker is caught and that the mother who is unwell receives justice.
The latest of several cases of persecution of Christians in Uganda, according to Morning Star News, was the assaults.
Religious freedom in Uganda is protected by the constitution and other legislation, including the ability to practice one’s religion openly and to convert to another. Only 12% of Uganda’s population identify as Muslims, with concentrations in the east of the nation.