Ugandan Christian Convert Set on Fire

Budaka, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | A woman in eastern Uganda has been hospitalised with serious burns after her Muslim husband discovered she had converted to Christianity and reportedly set her on fire.

Hajara Namwase, a 32-year-old mother of three in Kenkebu village, Budaka town, is still receiving hospital treatment after her husband, 42-year-old Musa Kalele, threw petrol and a lighted match on her, a friend of the victim told Morning Star News.

After accepting Christ on May 3 while her husband was away on business in South Sudan, Namwase regularly attended a small group fellowship in Budaka with the friend who had introduced her to the gospel and other Christians. After the group’s meeting on October 17 she went back home to find her husband had returned from a trip to South Sudan.

‘I got scared upon seeing him, because I had some gospel tracts and a small New Testament Bible which I could not hide,’ Namwase told her friend, whose identity is withheld for security reasons.

Upon seeing the Bible and other Christian literature, Kalele became furious, left the room and returned with a container of petrol, she said.

Kalele is then believed to have tied bedsheets around Namwase, poured the petrol on her and set her on fire.

Namwase’s daughter alerted neighbours who rescued her and took her to a regional hospital. A week later she was transferred to a hospital in Kampala for more specialised treatment.

Still hospitalised in Kampala, Namwase has third-degree burns on much of her body, with nerve damage and multiple red spots on her skin, local Christian sources told Morning Star News. Her husband is believed to have fled to South Sudan.

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Mimi Nina Lakhani
Mimi Nina Lakhani
I'm Nina, a Kenyan-born Tanzanian. I write about politics, business, investment, oil and gas, and climate. Reporting from Nairobi, Kenya. Daily News Tanzania (Tanzania) | Tuko (Kenya) | Eye Radio (South Sudan) | The Black Examiner (Uganda)