Pastor Remanded to Prison for Raping Latvian Tourist

In Summary
  • On 12th December  2022 at his residence in Munyonyo Zone in Kampala District, the pastor had sexual intercourse with Anda without her consent.
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A Ugandan pastor Joseph Collins Twahirwa of  Epikaizo Ministries International in Bugoloobi has been remanded to Luzira prison on charges of raping a Latvian Female Tourist.

The 28-year-old Daddy Collins as he is commonly referred to by his followers tried as much as he could to hide from cameras by wearing a hooded sweater and having his lawyers cover his face while in court  . 

The predicament of  Saulite Anda;  a 36-year-old tourist from Latvia was brought to light by a local Newspaper after she had been frustrated by police at both  Jinja Road and CID.

Court has heard that on 12th December  2022 at his residence in Munyonyo Zone in Kampala District, Daddy Collins who juggles being a shepherd and a lawyer had sexual intercourse with Anda without her consent.

Anda in her statement at CID  said she was invited to Uganda by Daddy Collins after connecting with him on TikTok.

On the 11th of December  2022, she was picked up by Daddy Collins' security team who instead of taking her to a  booked Apartment at Makindye, drove her to her tormentor's home at Munyonyo.

That while there,  the victim who is a mother of two,  told the publication that in addition to stealing her money, the pastor had carnal knowledge of her and informed her that he wanted to have a baby with her.

However, the police have not preferred any theft charges against Twahirwa but the state prosecutor has intimated to the court that police investigations are still ongoing. 

After the rape incident, Anda further told police that she was taken to her Air BNB  in Makindye where she was left with no money to survive. She was later advised by her neighbors to report the matter to the police.

After reading Twahirwa  his  rape charges, Nakawa Court chief magistrate Ritah Neumbe Kidasa informed him that he cannot plead to them because the lower Court has no jurisdiction to try capital offenses

He was then remanded to Luzira government prison.

The pastor's lawyers had asked to have their defense witness protected and to have limited access to a family member due to one of his concealed ailments. 

But, the Court and state prosecutor Doreen Elima declined to grant these requests saying there is no cause for alarm as rape is just like any other capital offense.

Additionally, three police officers have been since arrested and charged for irregular conduct regarding the manner in which they responded to Anda's case.