Uganda: Family of eight beaten, loses their home after leaving Islam to put their faith in Christ

August 13, 2022

The disturbing treatment of Musa Kasadha and his family illustrates yet again how conversion to Christianity is so often the occasion for persecution of Christians — both of the converts and of those who brought the converts the word of the Gospel. 

Among the Christians of Uganda are around 35,000 Orthodox Christians. 

For previous coverage of Christian persecution in Uganda, see here.

“Pastor Fears for His Life following Death Threats in Uganda,” Morning Star News, August 8, 2022:

…In eastern Uganda, a family of eight lost their home after leaving Islam to put their faith in Christ, sources said.

Muslim extremists and their relatives in Maumo village, Waibuga Sub-County, Luuka District, on July 23 went to the home of Musa Kasadha, Kasadha said.

“Sheikh Huraira and his team, Ndiwo Huraira, Magulu Kassimu and Kapio Aramanzani, came to our home and inquired whether we had converted to Christianity,” Kasadha told Morning Star News. “We could not refuse but fearlessly told them that Christ has entered our lives, and that we’re new creatures. The attackers beat us badly.”

George Mwandah, chairperson of the local council, said he heard wailing and mobilized seven other council members to go to their rescue.

“Reaching the scene, we managed to rescue Musa and his wife, as well as the entire family who were being beaten badly and tortured,” Mwandah said. “A Muslim named Magulu Kassimu alleged that the Kasadha family had blasphemed the Islamic faith by converting to Christianity, and that hence they deserved to be killed.”

The assailants set the family’s home on fire, and they lost it and everything in it, he said….

Uganda’s constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith to another. Muslims make up no more than 12 percent of Uganda’s population, with high concentrations in eastern areas of the country.