The decision to block the operations of the group followed reports that members of the congregation had shunned the recently concluded Measles-Rubella and polio immunization exercise. It is alleged that the group mobilized their members to reject the exercise saying Jesus Christ was never immunized and registered by anyone.
The suspects are Isa Kabalye, Fredrick Mashate all residents of Kampala, Robin Ongu, Jimmy Awio, and Felix Amuku, all residents of Olilim Sub County in Otuke district.
They were arrested during the joint operation conducted by the are leaders in conjunction with local residents against those cutting shear Nut trees for charcoal burning.
Otuke district in Northern Uganda has experienced a dry spell since October 2018 until late March 2019 when the region received intermittent rainfall. The pattern affected planting seasons in 2018 and the beginning of 2019, leading to severe food shortages.
Otuke District Police Commander Edson Birema identified the suspects as Lumuge Teko, 25, Nathlineora Linga, 29, Napathia Apakareli, 29, and Apajiwai Kiyonga, 32, all from Kotido district. The suspects are now held at Otuke Central Police Station on charges of theft.
They were arrested by UPDF Soldiers from 405 Brigade based at Nakapelemoru Sub County in Kotido and handed over to Otuke District Security authority headed by the Resident District Commissioner, Robert Abak .
This follows disclosures that a herdsman identified as Francis Kiiza had secretly returned into the district with about 46 animals and camped in Olilim Sub County, where, according to residents, he was hosted by some areas leaders.
The 4-acre Barlegi farm has an acre dedicated to coffee, another for fruits, the third acre for family food growing and the fourth acre dedicated to grass farming for zero grazing dairy cows. On the same farm, the president has a borehole which is being used for irrigation during dry weather conditions.
Although Okwenye maintains that the project was well intentioned, Quinto Ojok, the Otuke council speaker says the decision has entirely been rejected by the residents. He also described the project as irrelevant.
The government has secured a total of over 400 million shillings to tarmac roads in Otuke district. This is the first time government is moving to tarmac roads in in the area since July 2009 when Otuke was curved out of Lira district.
There is excitement in Otuke as government moves to connect the district onto the national electricity grid through the Rural Electrification Program. The two-billion-shilling project will extend power from Apala in Alebtong district, through Otuke up to Abim district.