There was drama at a bodaboda stage near Gulu Senior Secondary School as a Catholic priest caned a Christian over alleged extortion of money in the name of Radio Maria.
Rev. Fr. Charles Onen, the assistant curate of Holy Rosary Catholic Church lost his cool soon after the Sunday Mass and caned 25-year-old Jimmy Rubangakene over allegations that he had been collecting money from the public to support the operations of Radio Maria.
The incident, which occurred at about 2:15pm, took the bodaboda riders by surprise when Onen emerged from his vehicle and asked for sticks. When one of the bodaboda riders handed him a cane, the priest immediately ordered Rubangakene to lie down.
He started caning him repeatedly. Rubangakene denied collecting money on behalf of Radio Maria. He admitted that he had only been given sh10,000 by some well-wishers, which he had kept in his small brown bag.
He pleaded with the priest to allow him refund the money and requested not to be taken to the Police. “Father, forgive me, I will not do it again,” Rubangakene pleaded. Onen thereafter ordered Rubangakene to enter his vehicle and drove him to the Gulu Central Police Station, where he reported a case of impersonation and obtaining money by false pretence.
Rubangakene, while at the Gulu Police Station, showed the Police the swollen back which he said was as a result of the beating.
Rubangakene is not the first adult to be caned in public. In March this year, a 70-year-old man received over 10 lashes of the cane after he was reportedly found with a stolen pumpkin. Source