The source says  that Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba exchanged vows with his ‘bride’, Swabullah Nabukeera, in an Islamic ceremony. He met Nabukeera at a mosque and only ever saw them wearing a hijab or a gomesi, a traditional Ugandan floor-length dress.

According to local news reports, Mutumba’s new wife avoided consummating the marriage for two weeks by claiming to be on their period.

The truth was only discovered when one of Mutumba’s neighbours accused Nabukeera of stealing and called police. They was arrested and taken to a local police station, where officers were shocked to discover that the suspect had stacked clothes in a bra to “hoodwink” that they were breasts.

“On further search, we discovered that the suspect had male genitals. We quickly informed [their] husband who had escorted her to the police station,” said Isaac Mugera, Kayunga district criminal investigations officer.

The imam could not believe the news and demanded to see his wife’s genitals to “prove” for himself. It later emerged that Nabukeera was actually a cis man named Richard Tumushabe, who had duped Mutumba in a bid to get his money.

Imam punished for his ‘wife’s’ deception.

Tumushabe was charged with unnatural offence, impersonation, theft and obtaining goods by false pretence – the latter charge referring to the dowry of two goats, two bags of sugar, three dresses, a carton of salt and a Koran.

Although Mutumba committed no crime himself, and had actually sought counsel over his wife’s refusal to consummate the marriage, he has been taken to court and charged with having “carnal knowledge with a person against the order of nature”. The charge carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment.

He is now now being detained in Ntenjeru prison while he awaits his trial on January 24.

The religious leader has also been put under investigation by Muslim authorities and suspended from clerical duties. The head imam of Kyampisi Masjid Noor mosque said that the cleric’s suspension “was intended to preserve the integrity of their faith”.

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