Christian Mother of 11 in Uganda Poisoned by Muslim In-Laws, Area Sources Say

Wife of former sheikh succumbs after sister-in-law feeds her.

Flag of Uganda. (Wikipedia)

Flag of Uganda. (Wikipedia)

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A mother of 11 who left Islam for Christianity was poisoned to death last week in a village in eastern Uganda, area sources said.

Namumbeiza Swabura, mother of a 5-month-old baby, died on Wednesday (June 17) in Nabuli village, Kibuku District, after her sister-in-law visited her and offered to prepare a light meal of cooked plantain called matoke for her, area sources said. Swabura and her husband, former sheikh (Islamic teacher) Mugoya Muhammad, put their faith in Christ in August 2014.

Her husband’s sister, Jafaran Wowa of Kanyolo village, visited her at 4 p.m. and after an hour prepared the dish, sources said. Wowa, who did not eat any of the dish, left soon after Swabura finished it, Muhammad learned.

Muhammad arrived soon after she finished eating to find his wife complaining of stomach pain. She told him the pain started immediately after eating the food that his sister had prepared for her, sources said.

Swabura’s pain grew worse as she began vomiting and her nose began to bleed uncontrollably; her face turned pale, and two hours later she died in their home as Muhammad was trying to rent a car to take her to a hospital, they said.

Her sister-in-law has gone into hiding, the sources said.

Swabura and her husband have received several death threats since putting their faith in Christ, according to Muhammad. During a visit by Morning Star News to the area in late May, he said, “We are fearing for our lives as the Muslims are threatening to kill us if we continue in Christianity.”

Besides her infant and husband, Swabura wife leaves behind 10 other children.

“We suspect that Muhammad’s sister, Jafaran Wowa, was given a lot of money to carry out the heinous act,” an area source said. “This was a deadly drug like rat poison or Bromethalin.”

Unable to bear the costs of pursuing legal recourse regarding Swabura’s death, Muhammad decided to bury her the next day, Thursday (June 18), sources said.

James Kalaja, pastor of the couple’s Muhammad New Hope Church in Nabuli, told Morning Star News by phone that the village has many Muslims hostile to Christians. After Muslims raped his daughter because of his role as a Christian leader, he recently moved his family to a safer village, he said.

“I only go to conduct Sunday service,” he said. “Christians are facing threats here, and the Muslims would not like to see a church in Nabuli village. It is sad that we have just lost our sister. The Christians are shaken by her death. We have been praying for Muhammad due to several threatening messages that he has been receiving through his phone.”

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Comments

  1. Apparently the police will not investigate. This is strange since Uganda is a predominantly Christian country. Maybe it is because of the corruption, Uganda rates among the most corrupt worldwide, and the family can’t pay.

    About 12% of the population are Muslim, but despite being a minority they seem to pose a threat to other religions. The western civilized world should notice this and not allow large concentrations of Muslims.

    Click my name for my website: Is Islam a threat?

  2. The christians of Uganda should wake up before it’s too late and kick the Muslims out of the country.

  3. Lord, may this sad event strengthen this woman’s family in growing closer to you. May all her children grow in desire and ability to become Christian leaders in their own way … in your way … whatever way you would have them lead in their community so that in heaven this woman’s death comes to mean something good to her as she sees it strengthening her family in every resolve to be Christians, to follow Jesus, to serve others, and to lead boldly and wisely. May their story be told over and over to the shame of Islam and to the glory of Christ for years to come until this family rises above all others in Nairobi in their desire and strength and ability to serve you through any adversity. Bless their love for each other, that they find strength in each other as a family. Bless their love within their community that they find strength from their community but also that their community finds even greater strength from them. In Jesus’ name.

    • I stand in agreement with your prayer/petition to the Almighty Father. God be with them and hold them tightly. Give them strength to keep moving forward for Your glory and for others to come to know You. I ask in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.

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