Mohammed Mutumba, Imam of Kyampisi Masjid Noor mosque in Kayunga District in Uganda has been suspended from his clerical work after unknowingly wedding a fellow man in Islamic culture.
He was suspended as investigations into the shocking incident of him marrying a man has commenced.
It was discovered that the Imam’s supposed wife was a man, two weeks after their wedding, Daily Monitor has reported.
According to regional Kadhi Sheikh Abdul Noor Kakande, the move to suspend the 27-year-old is aimed at preserving the integrity of the faith.
Mr. Mutumba exchanged vows with Swabullah Nabukeera a fortnight ago after they met at the Kyampisi mosque.
However, two weeks into their union, the couple could not get intimate as the supposed bride claimed she was in her period.
Mr. Mutumba also revealed they were not intimate before the marriage.
According to Daily Monitor, during the waiting period, Mutumba’s neighbor accused his newly-wedded wife of jumping over a wall separating their houses and stealing clothes and a television set.
The matter was reported to the police.
Kayunga District criminal investigations officer, Isaac Mugera, told Daily Monitor that Nabukeera was wearing a hijab and sandals when he was apprehended.
“It was when he was being searched by a female officer that the suspect had stacked clothes in the bra to hoodwink the Imam and the public that they were breasts. On further search, we discovered that the suspect had male genitals,” said Mr. Mugera.
During interrogations, Nabukeera revealed that his real name was Richard Tumushabe and that he duped Mutumba so as to get his money. He was charged with impersonation, theft and obtaining goods by false pretense.
Nabukeera’s alleged aunt was also arrested.
She admitted that Mr. Mutumba had paid dowry including two goats, two bags of sugar, a carton of salt and a Koran.
She claimed that she did not know her ‘niece’ was male as she got to know him when he was already an adult