The High Court in Kampala has sentenced to life in a prison a pastor after finding him guilty of sodomising and trafficking children.
While delivering the judgement against Didas Mpagi on Friday, Justice David Wangututsi of the International Crimes Division described his actions as lascivious, a form of sexual exploitation.
Justice Wangututsi said that the court had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Mpagi took advantage of the six boys aged between 10 and 16 years to perform unnatural sexual acts on them when he was head teacher of Real Infant Primary School in Wakiso district.
The court heard that between 2016 and 2019, Mpagi, a youth pastor and guardian or a person in authority of over six children aged between 10 and 16 years used them to perform unnatural sexual acts. According to the prosecution, the victims were enrolled on scholarship and the suspect would ensure they were in the boarding section.
Justice Wangututsi said that police also recovered blood-stained grey bed sheets. He explained that the blood found on the bed sheet matched that of Mpagi and one of the victims once subjected to forensic examination.
The court heard that Mpagi would require his victims to sleep naked with him in the same dormitory one after the other where he would allegedly ask them whether they knew how to kiss and then offer to teach them practically how it’s done. He reportedly duped his victims claiming that the government of Uganda had introduced a new course on kissing.
Court heard that the convict would make the minors kiss his penis while he fondled their genitals with his fingers and later practice anal sex with them without condoms. He reportedly threatened to kill his victims using witchcraft from neighbouring Tanzania if they opened up to any person about his practice.
According to the evidence presented in the court, Mpagi would deny some of his victims food or reduce their portions with threats of expulsion if they didn’t satisfy his sexual desires. Prosecution led by Joseph Kyomuhendo presented twelve witnesses including the six victims, cooks and matron Aisha Nabosa of the school who had briefly interacted with some of the victims and saw the pain they were going through at the hands of Mpagi.
In his defence, Mpagi claimed that Nabosa has never worked at the school in question and that one of the boys who pinned him has never studied at Real Infant Primary School. He also claimed that he was happily married and couldn’t commit the crimes he was being accused of.
While delivering his judgement, Justice Wangututsi rejected Mpagi’s defence, saying it was full of blatant lies because the evidence tendered in court showed that upon his arrest, he led police to the dormitory where he would abuse the boys from. Police recovered an ATM card in his name, a National Identification Card and the lubricants he would use to abuse the minors.
In his judgement, Justice Wangututsi said that Mpagi caused trauma to the children and if people’s sons are to be safe, he should spend the remaining part of his natural life in jail.