Prophet Elvis Allan Mbonye was recently released on bond by the Uganda Police in regards to a case that started in 2019 when he was charged based on allegations of de-campaigning the national immunization exercise that took place in October 2019.
The popularised Ugandan prophet was called in by the CIID – Media Crimes Investigations Department in response to Police summons issued on 17th October 2019.
Elvis Allan Mbonye was under fire from police in regards to a suspicious Facebook account in the names of, ‘Mugisha Elvis Mbonye’ which allegedly de-campaigned the national immunization/vaccination exercise that took place in October 2019.
According to reports, Mbonye at the time had been linked to the alleged Facebook account and had been called in by the Uganda police for interview and recording of a statement at the CIID premises in Kibuli so as to assist in investigations surrounding contents of a Facebook account that spoke against the national vaccination exercise in October 2019.
However, Mbonye denied all allegations and continuously maintained his innocence throughout the investigations stating that he did not own or run the Facebook account in question. He also offered all information regarding his official and personal social media accounts to Police so as to help in the case.
Prophet Elvis Allan Mbonye was facing charges against de-campaigning national vaccination exercises
Some have claimed that the charges levied against Mbonye were a plotted witch hunt which was aimed at damaging his reputation and were seen as acts of deliberate misinformation by select members of the police.
It should also be noted that followers of Zoe ministries filed a court case against government for allegedly violating their lead pastors rights in early December last year. In their law suit filed before the High Court in Kampala, two followers Mr Simon Ssenyonga and Mr Amos Musheija, were seeking a court declaration that placed Mbonye on police bond for three months which was an infringement and a violation of his pre-trial rights and his fundamental right to a fair hearing as protected by the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.
However, the police vindicated Prophet Elvis Mbonye and discharged him on bond after the investigations revealed that he may not be the one behind the alleged Facebook account that spread misinformation about the vaccination exercises in 2019.
Given the fact that, Mbonye is among those taking a stand against the National Religious and Faith Organisations Policy which is seen as a threat to many pastors across Uganda, many conspiracies can be drafted around the prolonged investigations against him.
What’s your say on the matter, do you think the glorified Zoe ministries prophet was behind the said allegations or its just another baseless witch hunt.
Author: Allan Bangirana
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spur Magazine. He is passionate about tech, games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.