Ugandan evangelist murdered following debate with Muslims

October 30, 2015 by  
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ugandaUganda, October 29, 2015: A Christian evangelist was found dead in eastern Uganda after an interfaith debate with Islamic scholars last month.

The mutilated body of Samson Nfunyeku, 59, was discovered close to his home in Kalampete village in the Kibuku District of eastern Uganda in the early hours of 23 September. He had been travelling home from a debate with Muslim scholars held the previous evening.

The theological debate was the latest in a series which had been held at the Tirinyi Trading Centre, and ended in a heated argument. This was not the first debate to end badly. A local former sheikh (Islamic teacher) who converted to Christianity said that Nfunyeku had been warned four months earlier that holding such debates was not good for Muslims. The injuries suggest he was strangled and local Islamists are suspected of carrying out the killing.

A senior church leader, Gauma Samuel said at Nfunyeku’s funeral, “we are going to miss the courage and passion seen in the life of Samson, who was out to win Muslims for Christ”.

About 85% of Uganda’s population is Christian, with the Muslim population amounting to 12%, however Islamic communities often occur in clusters where extremists present a threat to Christians. Freedom of conscience and freedom to worship are constitutional rights in Uganda, but those who convert to Christianity from Islam are often rejected by their families and frequently suffer persecution in the form of destruction of personal property, beatings and discriminatory treatment. Some converts have been murdered by angry family or community members.

The murder of Samson Nfunyeku comes after the severe beating of four Christian converts from Islam, in Uganda’s capital Kampala in September.

– barnabas team

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