Kabale Prophetess Held Together with 11 Followers

3454 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

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Elly Maate, the Kigezi Regional Police Spokesperson says Turyakira and her group have been operating without authorizations despite repeated warnings from the authorities. He claims that through her preaching Turyakira has been inciting her followers to revenge against the people they believe have harmed them.

Kabale police are holding Prossy Turyakira, a self styled prophetess and 11 members of her congregation for allegedly holding illegal assemblies. The other suspects are Mugumya Boris, Annah Naturinda, Annet Aine, Agness Katushabe, Patience Ninsima, Sarah Kebirungi, Prize Arinda, Annet Ahimbisibwe, Winnie Bamuzare, Olivia Ojude and Denis Tumwine.

The suspects were picked up on Monday and are currently being held at Kabale Central Police station. Elly Maate, the Kigezi Regional Police Spokesperson says Turyakira and her group have been operating without authorizations despite repeated warnings from the authorities. He claims that through her preaching Turyakira has been inciting her followers to revenge against the people they believe have harmed them. 

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Maate says they will not tolerate the confusion caused by the cult and that the activities must stop.

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Olivia Rosemary Wawile, the Kigezi Regional Police Commander says Uganda Police is not opposed to worship but they moved against Turyakira after she ignored several warnings to stop her divisive activities.

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But Turyakira accuses police of witch hunt saying she has been helpful to the community around her by exposing those involved in evil practices. Boris Mugumya, one of Turyakira’s followers says they have done nothing wrong. He explains that Turyakira only prays to God, who speaks to her through her daughter. He claims that the young girl was appointed by God to speak on his behalf.

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The arrest of the Turyakira, brings to three, the number of men of God arrested in Kabale for operating illegally. On June 8th Police raided Nazareth Revival Ministries in Kibikura Cell Lower Bugongi ward in Northern Division Kabale Municipality, where Pastor Guard Mucunguzi was found living with 13 children under unclear circumstances. On the same day police arrested Pastor Sharot Mutoni Byaruhanga alias Mushabirizi who was found operating a church in a bush at Kikungiri hill near Kabale University.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.