Morning Star News, October 31, 2018
Radical Muslims in eastern Uganda on Thursday (Oct. 25) threatened to strangle a 12-year-old Christian boy to death unless he converted to Islam. Emmanuel Nyaiti was on his way to his grandmother’s house when four area extremists ambushed him after 9 p.m. and took him to a cassava plantation. The boy was able to identify one attacker as Ali Lukuman and another as Abdul.
“Ali Lukuman tried to persuade me to become a Muslim, which I refused. They continued threatening me that they will kill me if I will not convert to Islam.”
Lukuman had previously sent Emmanuel’s father, Yokosofat, threatening messages. “If you want to stay with us in our village, then you have to become a Muslim, but if not then you have to leave.”
The police say they are investigating while the assailants have yet to be found.
The assault was the latest of many in eastern Uganda that Morning Star News has documented in the past six years. 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 percent of Uganda’s population.