Self proclaimed Pastor Elijah Ssemugabi has been charged and remanded to Luzira Prison for allegedly obtaining money by false pretence.
Pastor Ssemugabi, who is sometimes referred to as Bishop, is the founder of Christian Faith Centre in Nsambya, Kampala.
He was charged before Buganda Road Court where he denied the charges. Grade One Magistrate Araali Muhiirwa remanded Ssemugabi till July 29 when he will reappear for bail application.
Prosecution alleges that Pastor Ssemugabi on August 21, 2011 at Kyengera in Wakiso District, with intent to defraud, obtained 25million shillings from one Phoebe Mukasa. It is alleged that in order to obtain the money from Mukasa, the pastor used fraudulent language in pretext that he was going to help her secure two vehicles including a Toyota Prado and an Ipsum through a promotion whereas not.
This is not the first time Ssemugabi has appeared before this court over fraud related cases. He has on two occasions been convicted after he conned several parents that he was going to help their children study abroad.
In 2012, the same pastor was convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of 3 million shillings, where in default, he would serve a 14 months jail term in Luzira Prison. He chose to pay the fine and regained his freedom.
While sentencing the pastor last year, trial magistrate Julius Borore said the sentence was to act as a deterrent to all those who portray a bad image in the religious leadership.
In earlier court sessions prosecution had always accused Ssemugabi of being a habitual conman having been convicted on similar charges.
Three years ago, the police arrested Semugabi and detained him at Lugazi police station for tress pass after leading police to All Saints College in Mukono claiming he had an understanding with the school to enroll the children there.
He had collected over 1000 children from different parts of the country and kept them at his church located in Nsambya West Zone. However, the school authorities denied having any form of understanding with him.