Police have arrested and charged a self-styled Ugandan prophet with assault, common assault, and trafficking in persons after he was filmed whipping his church members.
In a viral online video, Prophet Kintu Dennis of Hoima Empowerment Church International was seen whipping worshippers.
The 42-year-old was quickly arrested alongside four other members of the church following complaints about the video.
In a statement the police said they have “instituted an investigation into the matter.”
“The events have attracted public concern about how the self-proclaimed “man of God” conducted himself,” the statement said.
The prophet was seen in the viral video ordering church officials to go to the front of the church to be whipped.
The congregation watched as the ushers, one by one, received their beating.
The police in the statement revealed that the preacher during questioning said, “what he did was only a demonstration of how Jesus treated those he found selling goods in church.”
However, the police said its probe showed that his church was “operating illegally without clear documents from the City Authority or Uganda Registration Standards Bureau.”
The prophet and the four others arrested alongside him “are all detained at Hoima central Division Headquarters,” the police statement said.
He will remain in police custody until 7 September.
Uganda has several evangelical churches operating throughout the country.
They are unregulated and many are run by self-appointed men and women of God.