A Ugandan imam has been suspended from work after discovering that his new wife was actually a man.
Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba, aged 27, only discovered that his wife of two weeks was a man after she was caught stealing a TV from a neighbour and consequently was searched by the police.
The thief admitted that they had pretended to be a woman so that they could marry the imam and steal all of his money, local media in Kayunga reported.
Mutumba was suspended from his duties as a cleric at the Kyampisi Masjid Noor mosque after the shock revelation, whilst a thorough investigation is being carried out.
Mutumba claimed that he hadn’t been intimate with his new wife, as she insisted she was menstruating and wouldn’t undress whilst they slept.
He believed he was marrying a woman called Swabullah Nakubeera when they wed in a traditional Islamic ceremony in December.
The thief’s true identity was exposed when he decided to steal to a television set and clothes from his next-door neighbour.
A body search was carried out on the suspect by a female officer, assuming she was a woman, when it was actually a man.
Mutumba is said to be “too devastated” to talk about the incident and believes he will need counselling to get through this difficult time.
It wasn’t only Mutumba that was fooled, his friends and colleagues also said they fell for the cruel trick, as the imposter was normally covered by a hijab.
Amisi Kibunga, who also works at the mosque, commented: “He had a sweet soft voice and walked like a woman.”
Kibunga added that Mutumba had been grumpy four days after the wedding to his bride, complaining that his new bride had refused to undress in front of him.
The suspect later revealed that his true identity was Richard Tumushabe and the only reason he married Mutumba was so that he could steal all the cleric’s money.
Sheikh Abdul Noor Kakande, who is a local Muslim official, said that the “unfortunate” incident was being investigated.
Other mosque officials said that imam had been suspended, despite the fact that Mutumba had entered the marriage convinced he was marrying a woman.
Sheikh Isa Busuulwa, the mosque’s head imam, said that the suspension was necessary so that they could “preserve the integrity of their faith”.
Mutumba was one of three imams and had worked at the mosque for four years. The mosque had not been involved in the wedding celebrations, although the head cleric said that he had attended Mutumba’s wedding reception.
According to relatives, Mutumba is currently undergoing counselling whilst staying at a family member’s home.
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