Christian blogger in jail over remarks about pastor

Solomon Izang Ashoms in front of a Gauteng prison just before starting a 20-day sentence for contempt of a court order (PHOTO: YouTube)

Christian blogger Solomon Izang Ashoms has begun a 20-day jail term for repeatedly failing to comply with an order to refrain from making defamatory remarks about Alleiluia Ministries pastor Alph Lukau.

In a Youtube video clip which he recorded in front of prison last week —  before beginning his sentence — Ashoms said it was a privilege to go to jail for speaking the truth. He says nothing will stop him from exposing charlatans and false prophets.

Lukau was in the media spotlight in 2017 after he featured in a viral video of what was widely alleged to be a hoax resurrection in his church.

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According to newspaper reports Ashoms was ordered by the Johannesburg High Court in May 2017 to stop publishing defamatory comments about Lukau.

This was after Lukau’s church took him to court for making comments about a pricey prayer meeting the pastor held in 2016 for single women‚ promising to help them find a spouse. Tickets to the event cost up to R5‚000.

In November 2017, High Court judge Majake Mabesele found Ashoms in contempt of court and sentenced him to 20 days in prison for his comments about a Rolls Royce and penthouse Lukau had allegedly received for his 42nd birthday.

Despite being slapped with a contempt of court order, Ashoms continued to make defamatory remarks about Lukau.

A Facebook post by Ashoms about his prison time has elicited hundreds of comments of sympathy and support.

Cher Murphy, a Christian music publicist and founder of Keela Communiciations, told Gateway News yesterday that she has known Ashoms for 10 years. “His greatest desire is to amplify the God-given gifts, talents and stories of others. To do just that, he uses his various platforms to be able to support artists, pastors, authors and everyday heroes. I believe he stands for truth and justice for all.” she said.

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