KIBUKU DISTRICT, Uganda — Islamic extremists murdered a Christian pastor June 30 in Uganda’s Buseta village by burning his home with him inside it.
Local Muslims had warned Pastor Isima Kimbugwe several times to stop sharing about Jesus, but he continued to lead Muslims to Christ, said his brother, Geoffrey Kadogo.
Kimbugwe left Islam in 2017 to become a Christian. He, his wife and two children had fled Buseta village after Muslims threatened his life for leading five Muslims to faith in Jesus.
After fleeing, Kimbugwe worked for a Christian organization in Kampala until the pandemic caused it to close for lack of funding. Out of a job, Kimbugwe returned to Buseta. His wife and children, all Christians, remained with relatives in a different district where they had gone after Kimbugwe received the death threats.
Police have three suspects in the pastor’s murder.
Uganda’s laws and constitution provide freedom to practice one’s religion, even propagating one’s faith and converting others. Muslims comprise no more than 12% of the population.