KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan Christian who went from church to church telling about how he came to leave Islam was murdered July 3 for converting Muslims to Christianity.
Morning Star News reported Simolya Latifu of Uganda’s Kibuku District died of wounds from a sword after three assailants attacked him near Molu village. Only minutes prior, Latifu had left a worship service at Christ Discipleship Worship Center in Molu.
Pastor Emmanuel Muzei said Latifu, through his testimony, “led many to Christ.”
Police arrested Ali Buyinza, one of the assailants, who reportedly told police, “We warned him to come back to our religion and gave him several opportunities. … (W)e’re proud of killing him.”
Latifu became a Christian in 2019.
Approximately 12% of Uganda’s population is Muslim. Uganda’s constitution and laws allow for freedom of religion, including converting from one faith to another, but Christian churches increasingly have received threats of violence and some converts have been attacked, killed or excommunicated by Muslim family members, World Atlas reported.