John Reagan Ngobi, a 21-year-old man, has been arrested by police in Uganda, after he set three churches ablaze for preaching prosperity messages while he remains poor.
The affected churches, according to Daily Monitor, are St Noah Catholic Church Kosokoso, Liberty Church of Christ International for Born Agains, and God’s Tour Promising Church.
Authorities said the suspect committed the act at Kosokoso Kira Municipality in Wakiso District, at 9.00 am local time on Monday.
“I burnt these churches because of anger arising from the fact that these churches preach about prosperity but I have remained poor all throughout”, police quoted Ngobi to have said.
The suspected was said to have armed himself with sharp knives for self-defence, in case members of the affected churches attack him.
Luke Owoyesigyire, Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson, quoted local community leaders as saying that the suspect is a serial offender who could do anything.
“That his poverty situation motivated him to buy two litres of petrol and one for paraffin which he used to burn church property with the intent to burn the churches completely to ashes. In his mind up to now since he left the fire burning in these respective churches, he still believes that the churches were completely burnt,” Owoyesigyire further quoted Ngobi to have stated.