Cult Members Arrested for Wooing Pupils Out of School

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Members of the Bisaka Cult have been arrested distributing leaflets to pupils discouraging pupils from attending classes

Three followers of the Healing Place of God of All Armies cult group, have been arrested for trying to woo pupils out of school. They were found distributing leaflets to pupils discouraging pupils from attending classes.

The leaflets bore a portrait of Desteo Bisaka the cult leader, with a message scribbled in bold letters stating" Education is useless, turn to Bisaka for knowledge".

Followers of Desteo Bisaka, believe that Bisaka he is a messenger and he is as powerful as Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad. The cult has a large following in Kyenjojo and Kibaale districts.

The trio- Baguma, Mugume and Mugisa were arrested on Wednesday afternoon while distributing leaflets to pupils of Bukonjo Primary School in Nyankwanzi Sub County, in Kyenjojo district.

Dressed in white tunics, the cult’s uniform, the men were intercted by the teachers just as they left the school. They had distributed more than 80 leaflets to pupils and urged the pupils to take some to their parents.
 
On interrogation by the teachers, the men said that they were sent by Bisaka to distribute the leaflets to all primary schools. Baguma caused laughter when he said that, their ‘God’ Bisaka told them that education is not important because it was another form of colonization by the west.  The men were then handed over to police at Kyenjojo Police Station.
 
Michael Ahebwa, one of the teachers says that the school administration was alerted by some pupils who took the leaflets to the teachers. He blamed the cult for causing absenteeism adding that it is not uncommon to find the classes half empty on  the 2nd, 12th and 22nd, the days set aside by the cult for worship. 
 
//Cue in: “this cult is inconveniencing …”
Cue out:  “…nothing has been done.”//
 
Gertrude Tibakanya, the District Education Officer Kyenjojo says a bylaw targeting parents whose children do not attend classes has successfully been implemented and over 70 parents have been punished. They either pay a fine of 30,000 shillings or they are jailed for two months.

Francis Mugisa, the Officer in-charge criminal Investigations department declined to reveal the next plan of action against the suspects.

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