A Ugandan Imam has received the shock of his life after he discovered that the ‘woman’ he’d married was actually a man after he ran away with his TV set.
The Imam of the Kyampisi Masjid Noor mosque in Kayunga District, identified as Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba, has been suspended after the identity of his ‘wife’ was discovered.
According to regional Kadhi Sheikh Abdul Noor Kakande, the move to suspend the 27-year-old is aimed at preserving the integrity of the faith.
A fortnight ago, Mutumba exchanged vows with his ‘wife’ Ms Swabullah Nabukeera after meeting at the Kyampisi mosque.
The couple had however not consummated the marriage because the alleged bride claimed to be on her period.
The Imam’s neighbor had accused his bride of jumping over his fence and absconding with clothes and a TV set.
The matter was reported to the police. According to the Kayunga District criminal investigations officer, Isaac Mugera, Nabukeera was wearing a hijab and sandals when apprehended.
“It was when he was been searched by a female officer that the suspect had stacked clothes in the bra to hoodwink that they were breasts. On further search, we discovered that the suspect had male genitals,” said Mugera.
During interrogations, Nabukeera revealed that his real name is Richard Tumushabe and that he duped Mutumba so as to get his money. He was charged with impersonation, theft and obtaining goods by false pretence.
Nuuru Nabukeera, Tumushabe’s alleged aunt, was also arrested and admitted that Mutumba had paid dowry including two goats, two bags of sugar, a carton of salt and a Koran.
She claimed that she did not know her ‘niece’ was male as she got to know him when he was already an adult.