Native missionary, 12-year-old son slain after visiting Congo border.
NAIROBI, Kenya, (ANS) — The Muslim relatives of a former sheikh in eastern Uganda who refused to renounce Christ killed his 6-year-old son on Monday (Nov. 23), two days after Islamists in the western part of the country killed a pastor and his 12-year-old son, sources said.
Morning Star News (http://morningstarnews.org) reports that following a two-hour meeting with Muslim relatives in Buseta Sub-County’s Kameme village, Kibuku District, the 38-year-old former sheikh (Islamic teacher) convert Emmanuel Hamuzah refused their demand to renounce Christ. Shortly afterward his brothers, sisters and paternal uncle attacked him outside his house, he said.
His 6-year-old son, Ibrahim Mohammad, was outside with him when the five relatives approached at about 6:30 p.m., with one saying, “You should renounce this Christian faith, which is a disgrace to our family,” Hamuzah said.
“I refused to yield to their demand, and they started fighting me with kicks and blows,” Hamuzah told Morning Star News. “I tried to defend myself while the other attackers were stepping on my child’s neck, suffocating him.”
Morning Star News said the assailants fled when neighbors rushed toward the commotion, and his son died before he could obtain medical help, he said. The family has not reported the assault to police out of fear of further violence by the assailants.
Hamuzah, who with his wife has three other children ages 10, 8 and 4, put his faith in Christ two years ago.
Pastor and Son Slain
Near Uganda’s western-most point, Pastor Wilson Niwamanya was on his way home to Kabale with his 12-year-old son after delivering Christian literature along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo when radical Muslims stopped them near Kisoro on Saturday evening (Nov. 21), sources said.
The four Muslim extremists stopped Pastor Niwamanya and his son, Simon Peter Bizimaana (local middle children take the names of grandparents rather than their parents’ names), as they rode on motorcycles. The pastor’s son was on a motorcycle driven by a 15-year old Christian worker whose name is withheld for security reasons.
The worker said the assailants had blunt objects and a horn-hilted dagger known as a Somali sword.
“When the four attakers emerged from the bush, they immediately caught hold of Pastor Niwamanya, saying, ‘This man must die for disrespecting our religion,’” the worker told a Morning Star News contact in Kabale. “The attackers began by beating them with blunt objects and thereafter used the sword and stabbed the young boy in the stomach. He died while the pastor and I tried to wrestle the attackers.”
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SOURCE: Assist News Service