Aronda Summons Cult Leaders As 300 Abajiiri Followers Reject ID Exercise Top story

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Luweero Deputy Resident District Commission Persis Namuganza welcoming Minister Aronda at Lydrines Hotel in Luweero town for consultative meeting on National ID progress Brian Luwaga

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Namuganza says that the cult leaders and followers have rejected the exercise saying their religious beliefs bar them from participating in the process. They say they see no reason to register as they don’t vote, use bank services or other modern conveniences.

The Minister of Internal Affairs General Aronda Nyakairima has summoned Luweero cult leaders following reports that they are encouraging their followers to reject the on going National ID registration exercise.
 
The religious cult, which is locally known as Abajiiri literally translated as gospel preachers are found in the villages of Makonkonyigo, Kakoola, Mpeeka, Nakasejere among others in Kamira Sub County in Luweero. They have recruited more than 300 believers and the cult is leader by Sunday Mujiiri.
 
The local leaders in Luweero lead by Deputy Resident Commissioner Persis Namuganza petitioned Minister Aronda Nyakairima on Friday demanding his intervention after they sensitised cult believers to participate in National ID registration exercise but they refused and described it as satanic.
 
Namuganza says that the cult leaders and followers have rejected the exercise saying their religious beliefs bar them from participating in the process. They say they see no reason to register as they don’t vote, use bank services or other modern conveniences.
 
Namuganza says the cult members have said they can only participate in the registeration after being convinced by Minister Aronda or President Yoweri Museveni in person.
 
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The Luweero Vice chairman George Balwana says the same group has rejected other government programmes that include immunization, formal education and eat raw food and all efforts to sensitize them have failed. Balwana asked Minister Nyakairima to dialogue with them.
 
The Minster of Internal Affairs Aronda Nyakairima has summoned the cult leaders to meet him on Thursday next week at his office in Kampala for dialogue. He also threatened to have the cult leaders arrested if they failed to honour the invitation. General Aronda added that the cult is dangerous because it may lead to Kanungu-like incident where more than 1000 people were burnt to death by cult leader Joseph Kibwetere after deception.
 
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Efforts to talk to the cult leader Sunday Mujiiri were unsuccessful but the Chairman LC 3 of Kamira sub county Livingstone Kategeya is skeptical Minister Aronda can persuade the members to register.
 
Kategeya says that the cult members believe that National ID is symbolic representation of the satanic 666 mark which they were warned about in the Book of Revelation in the Bible.
 
According to General Aronda,they expect to register at least 18 million Ugandans before end of August 2014.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.

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