by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - A well-known preacher in northern Uganda was murdered by Islamic militants after he compared Christianity and Islam during a radio broadcast on October 31, Morning Star News reports. David Omara, the 64-year-old leader of Christian Church Center, was ambushed, beaten, and strangled in Aduku, Kwania District after his program.
In a statement to Morning Star News, Omara’s son Simon Okut described what had happened: “Immediately after his preaching, someone telephoned my father appreciating his presentation. He then requested him to meet somewhere with some of his friends. We left the radio station. As we arrived at the said place, there came out of the bush six people dressed in Islamic attire, and they started strangling and beating my father with blunt objects.”
During the attack, Okut added, the killers said: “This man ought to die for using the Koran and saying Allah is not God but an evil god collaborating with satanic powers. As they were hitting my father with blunt objects and strangling him, I fled to save my life. Two attackers ran after me but could not get hold of me.”
This is the latest killing of a Christian in Uganda, among many reported on by Morning Star News. The murders have continued despite Uganda’s laws allowing religious freedom and despite the fact that Muslims only make up some 12 percent of the country’s population.
A church leader told Morning Star news the local Christian community needs “prayers and financial support for the Omara family at this trying moment, and the quick recovery for his widow.”