Police Investigates Cult for Demonising Mosquito Nets

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One of the cult's followers argues that their religion is against counting and numbers, the reason why many have decided to stop their children from going to school and hospitals because the two institutions are synonymous with counting. He adds that they believe that all people who are counted will not go to heaven.

Lwengo Police is investigating activities of a religious cult that is barring followers from using mosquito nets. The cult has since mobilised its believers not to register for the impending government distribution of mosquito nets in the district.

Lwengo District Police Commander Paul Wataka says that he has received several complaints about the cult teachings which have stopped its followers from registering for free treated mosquito nets. 

Wataka says that preliminary investigations indicate that the cult known as 666 whose leader is still unknown, does not only bar its followers from taking part in any kind of registration exercise but also prohibits believers from taking their children to Government schools and hospitals.

Earlier, District leaders headed by William Matovu Saitoti, the Secretary for Social Services on District Executive Committee expressed dismay about the cult’s teachings which have frustrated the one going registration exercise. The most affected places are Bijaba, and Kyazanga in Kyazanga town Council. 

He believes that the sect has already recruited more than 100 followers though the number is expected to be higher.

Leaders say that Village Health Team members have been frustrated since those sent to the field to collect data from anticipated beneficiaries return with almost empty sheets because people have refused to be registered.

One of the cult followers, who preferred anonymity, argues that their religion is against counting and numbers, and this is why many have also decided to stop their children from going to school to avoid being counted at school.

He adds that they believe that all people who are counted will not go to heaven.

Cases of people being lured into religious cults in southern region is common the most recent being at Gentele village, in Mijwaala sub county in Ssembabule district in January this year, where at least 150 people were recruited into a cult identified as “Enjiri Ya Yesu” (The Gospel of Jesus) which was headed by Charles Tumwiine and it used to bar followers from using mobile phones, acquiring Formal education and child immunization among other Government programs.