Suspected Cult Leader Arrested In Rakai

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Police in Rakai are holding suspected cult leader over what authorities call spreading a fake religion which bars believers from attaining education.

Police in Rakai are holding suspected cult leader over what authorities call spreading a fake religion which bars believers from attaining education.

Jackson Nyenzika, a resident of Mulebi village, Lwamagwa Sub County in Rakai District is in custody for spreading a religious sect known as 666. It is alleged that this faith originated from Tanzania where most of its believers are based.

Geoffrey Bakokyoyiga, the Lwamagwa sub county councilor says this faith bars believers from educating children, using mobile phones, going to hospital and most of the services provided by government.

Bakokyoyiga says that many parents who believe in this faith had stopped sending their children to school. He says that the arrest of Nyenzika follows a public outcry on the acts of this faith.

Bakokyoyiga explains that Kirawura Primary School head teacher Anderson Njayisayi raised a concern over the rate at which parents were removing pupils from school following Nyenzika teachings that schools, especially government aided, have a Pin Number of 666 which is dangerous to their children’s lives.

Livingstone Mukasa Mulebi, the village LC1 Chairman says that after receiving complaints about Nyenzika he called for an urgent council meeting to stop Nyenzika and his activities, but that the sect leader refused saying that education was dangerous to pupils.

Mukasa adds that Nyenzika’s followers are also not allowed to work since they have to spend most of their time in prayer services.

Christine Obinyi, the Lwamagwa police post boss confirmed the arrest of Nyinzika saying that he was failing the education system of Rakai by confusing parents.

Obinyi says that they also recovered 30 pupils who had joined the cult during school hours.

Obinyi has asked people to be vigilant about such beliefs, reminding people of what happened in Kanungu district in March 2000, when over 1000 followers of Joseph Kibwetere’s cult perished in fire.