After receiving threatening messages because he shared Jesus to Muslims recently, a Christian college student was found dead in his dorm room at the Uganda Christian School of Professionals.
Morning Star News reported that Jeremiah Mwanga, 24, and a second-year student, was killed by a fellow student, a Muslim. Identified only as Chengalat, the suspect fled the school and police in Lira contacted officers at the Kapchorwa town police post.
Mwanga was a native of Kapchorwa District, in eastern Uganda. The Uganda Christian School of Professionals is located in Lira, Northern Region.
Chengalat was arrested in town and brought back to Lira to face murder charges, a friend of the deceased told Morning Star News.
"Jeremiah complained about messages from one of the students threatening to kill him for misleading Muslims by preaching to them the gospel of Christ as well as converting them to the Christian faith in the school," the friend said. "He requested prayers from the Christian Union fellowship."
The friend, whose name is being withheld for security reasons, told Morning Star news that on April 14 he heard screaming from a room on the school premises at about 10 p.m.
"After 30 minutes I rushed to the scene of incident and found out that it was Jeremiah's room," he said. "Inside the room was a pool of blood."
Mwanga was rushed to a medical clinic near the school, he said.
"Reaching the clinic, I was told by the medical personnel that he had been referred to Lira Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival," he said. "I found him lying in the hospital bed, dead."
Morning Star News reported that the killing was the latest of many instances of persecution of Christians in Uganda that the publication has documented. Uganda's constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one's faith and convert from one faith to another. Muslims make up no more than 12% of Uganda's population, with high concentrations in eastern areas of the country.
Shawn A. Akers is the online editor at Charisma News.
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