A Ugandan pastor identified as Mr Didas Mpagi, alias Bakulu has been sentenced to life imprisonment for sodomy and child trafficking.
Daily Monitor reports that Bakulu was convicted of six counts of aggravated trafficking in children and six counts of aggravated defilement by the International Crimes Division of the High Court on Friday presided over by Justice David Wangutusi.
Bakulu was convicted for sodomising at least 13 pupils between 2018 and 2019, while he was the headmaster of Real Infant Primary School in Wakiso District.
The police was reportedly tipped off about the convict's activities by a resident and investigations concluded that Mpagi was not only a headmaster at the school, but also a warden for the male pupils.
It was also revealed that he was sleeping in the same dormitory with his victims who were all male and that he sexually exploited them at night.
The police discovered that Mpagi specially selected boys who were from financially challenged families having targetted them to stay in the boarding section of the school for his own carnal pleasures, promising to get them sponsors and scholarships.
Once the children were in his school and dormitory, Mpagi threatened to stop paying their school fees or cancel their scholarship if they did not obey his commands, the prosecution further told the court.
“The victims revealed that they were required to spend some nights in the accused’s bed and whilst there, the victims were required to sleep naked.
"The accused would massage their bodies, including the penis. The accused would then fondle the genitals of victims with his fingers, and thereafter he would practice oral and anal sex on them,” the indictment reads in part.