By Charles Kakamwa
JINJA - The Police in Jinja district are holding a 31-year-old man accused of masquerading as a priest and conning people of their money.
Herman Kisuule Kato alias Rev. Fr. James B. Kato, a resident of Mpumudde division in Jinja municipality, was arrested on Tuesday after his victims filed complaints at the Police.
The district Police commander, Apollo Kateeba, explained that Kato, claiming to be a priest attached to Jinja Catholic Diocese, demanded for money from unsuspecting members of the public, promising to get them jobs.
He said Kato asked one of the complainants, Ochieng Osapati, who is the Mayuge district sports officer, to collect money from people who would later be offered jobs in the diocese.
According to Kateeba, Kato promised that the victims would be employed as drivers in Catholic Church institutions such as Nyenga Hospital in Buikwe district, Jinja Diocese and Kampala Diocese.
Osapati reportedly responded to Kato’s demands, but later learnt he was a masquerader. Osapati displayed text messages that Kato allegedly sent him over the deal.
Kateeba, however, disclosed that investigations revealed that Kato was once a seminarian at Philosophy Centre in Jinja, which is affiliated to the Jinja Diocese, but was expelled.
He said investigations also indicated that Kato was once convicted in a court in Jinja for conning people.
Kato pleaded for forgiveness, saying he was only looking for means of survival.
However, Kateeba said once investigations are complete, the suspect will be produced in court to answer charges of impersonation and obtaining money by false pretence.