Former Archbishop Ntagali dragged to Court for Adultery, could pay UGX 500 Million in damages

Posted: 2021-04-27T08:42:00Z Read: 1,434 times
Former Archbishop Ntagali dragged to Court for Adultery, could pay UGX 500 Million in damages

Former Archpishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali has been dragged to Court for Adultery, days after publicly confessing his sin.

Ntagali’s troubles started earlier this year when News broke that the Archbishop Kazimba Mugalu had suspended him for harvesting fruits from a garden that belonged to another man of God identified as Rev. Christoper Tugumehabwe.

Tugumehabwe accuses the former Archbishop of committing adultery and siring a child from his wife. He now wants shillings 500 million in general damages. 

Images and videos of Judith Tukamuhabwa, the woman with whom the Archbishop committed the sin and sired a child made rounds on social media with many claiming she was too beautiful and the Archbishop’s sin was justified.

After months of silence, Ntagali made a public confession on Thursday last week before Anglican Bishops, selected priests, and faithful who gathered at Namirembe Cathedral to mark the 60th anniversary of the Church of Uganda’s self-governance.

In his confession, the former Church leader said that although he was strong since Christmas Eve of 1974 when he got saved, he sadly weakened in faith and fell into sin. He added that he has since confessed and concealed himself in prayer seeking pardon and guidance from God.

Ntagali further revealed that he is turning to his brothers and sisters in faith to find a place in their hearts to forgive him, before seeking forgiveness from the family of Tugumehabwe.

However, Tugumehabwe has dragged his tormentor to Court claiming that the archbishop's intrusion into his marriage cost him his job as lecturer of Religious Studies at Bishop Barham University College (BBUC) in the Diocese of Kigezi. 

In an intention to sue dated 26th April 2021 and signed by Lawyer Erasmus Nabimanya, Tugumehabwe through his lawyers Bikangiso & Company Advocates accuses Ntagali of advising Tukamuhabwa to divorce citing cruelty.  

Tugumehabwe exchanged vows with Tukamuhabwa on December 15th, 2018. However, at the time when the couple should have been celebrating their second anniversary of marriage, they divorced before Kabale Chief Magistrates Court on December 08th 2020.

Nabimanya says that his client has video and audio evidence of Ntagali admitting and apologizing through the media to have committed the offense of adultery with Judith. The lawyer says that Ntagali’s sinful conduct caused Tugumehabwe’s loss of dignity, stress, trauma embarrassment, and privacy. 

He says that it also led Tugumehabwe to lose his job at the university and minimised his chances of rising clergy ranks. 

“Your unbecoming, sinful, and unlawful conducts have occasioned on our client general damages to wit - loss of dignity, marriage breakdown, stress, trauma, embarrassment, loss of privacy, loss of his job as a lecturer at Bishop Bahram University College and minimal chances of rising in the clergy ranks. 

Nabimanya thus wants Ntagali to pay shillings 500 million to Tugumehabwe as general damages as well as pay another 30 million Shillings as costs he incurred in divorce case No. 5/2020.

He also wants Ntagali to make a formal apology to Tugumehabwe.  Nabimanya says that if Ntagali fails to comply in 14 days he will be dragged before a court. 

The intention to sue is also copied to the incumbent Archbishop Kazimba Mugalu.