Flamboyant born-again preacher, 'Prophet' Elvis Mbonye has threatened to take individual police officers to court over what he calls persecution and violation of his fundamental human rights.
In a letter dated November 21, but received on December 9, through his lawyers of Walyemera & CO Advocates, Mbonye says his continued appearance at the police criminal investigation department to renew his bond is not only inconveniencing but also a breach of his rights.
On October 17, Mbonye was summoned by police on allegations that he had used his Facebook account to urge parents not to take their children for immunization in the recent countrywide exercise against polio, measles and Rubella.
This, police said was contrary to section 23 (1) of the Immunization Act 2016. At the time of the summons, Mbonye was unable to appear in person because he was out of the country. He instead sent his lawyers to represent him.
When he returned, on October 28, he went to police and recorded a statement in which he revealed that his official and only social media communication channels were in different names.
“It was categorically clarified that Prophet Elvis Mbonye is not Mugisha Elvis Mbonye who’s alleged to have authored the social media post,” Walyemera’s letter addressed to CIID director Grace Akullo reads in part.
It adds that having declared that the account wasn’t his, this would have meant the closure of the file. However, the letter adds that instead, Mbonye has been subjected to numerous unnecessary, unending and disrupting appearances at the CIID offices to fulfil his police bond requirements.
“We take the firm view that the inquiry and investigations into this otherwise straight forward matter is unreasonably and deliberately being delayed. It’s quite absurd that while Mbonye’s Facebook communications channel is widely known, the investigating officers deliberately and strategically choose to be mistaken concerning his identity,” the letter says.
It adds that this unrestrained and unprofessionalism is what on several occasions has led to many wrongful arrests and malicious prosecution that leads to costly claims and awards against government.”
In the letter, Mbonye also castigates investigating officers, who, he says have not been forthcoming on the progress of the investigations and his continued appearance at police.
“Measured complaints to the investigating officers on the matter have often been dismissed with an aggressive display of power characterized by among others threats of arrests. We therefore urge and call on you as the head of the CID to intervene in this matter with a view of concluding the now protracted police investigations,” the letter says.
Speaking to the press, Dan Walyemera, Mbonye’s lawyer, said they have given police up to December 13 to respond to their concerns or they take action.
“We are going to take these individual police officers to court for persecuting prophet Mbonye. You know we have a very good law now which can deal with these officers who are disrupting the movement of a law-abiding citizen,” Walyemera said.