Is It Another Kibwetere Cult: Fear Mounts After Pastor Disappears With Believers

Is It Another Kibwetere Cult: Fear Mounts After Pastor Disappears With Believers

By Ivan Mwine

Untold fear has mounted Christians in Mityana District after a pastor identified as Samuel Kalibala disappeared with several of his believers, among them a family of seven, including children.

The matter was brought to light by the Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga, who told the press that the police are hunting for Pastor Kalibala to establish the whereabouts of his believers and what his motive is.

“The Territorial Police in Mityana is investigating circumstances under which Pastor Kalibala Samuel, disappeared with several of his church followers including a family of 7 members. It is now 7 days since the Pastor disappeared with the 7 family members,” Enang said.

He identified the missing family members as; Namuwaya Jesca, (the wife to Kintu Sulait), Ssekyewa Shakim, aged 19, Nampeewo Shifrah aged 17, Muteesasira Muhammad aged 10, Ssenabulya Muhammed aged 8, Nakintu Angel aged 4 and Uwuzeeye Mable.

He revealed that the above people disappeared from their home in Naama Central LCI, Naama Ward, Busimbi Division, in Mityana Municipality.

Enanga noted that the pastor and his followers locked their homes and have since switched off their known contacts.

He added that; “We are meanwhile following leads, after one of the followers, established contact with one of her daughters whom, she left behind. She immediately after switched off the phones and did not reveal her whereabouts.

Enanga noted that; “It is unfortunate that we have a Pastor, who is not transparent in his methods and for using his divine powers, to control his followers. Such conduct has a potential of opening wounds for relatives to missed their loved ones, during the Kibwetere cult saga in Kanungu.”

It should be recalled that  the said saga occurred in 2000 after Joseph Kibwetere, who was one of the leaders of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a group that splintered from the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda disappeared following the death of  over 778 of its members, who were burnt alive in a church in Kanungu district.

Although Kibwetere supposedly died in the incident, the Ugandan police shortly afterwards issued a warrant for arrest against the other leaders of the group.

However, in 2014 it was announced by the Uganda Police that there were reports that Kibwetere was hiding in Malawi, although to date he has never been arrested.

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