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Security Blocks Operations of Suspected Cult in Otuke District

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.
Otuke District authorities have blocked the operations of a religious group calling itself the Believers of Jesus Christ, locally known in the area as ‘Joo Oyee Yesu’. The group has operated in the area for more than a year.  

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.  

Otuke Resident District Commissioner Robert Abak says that the group has been operating illegally since they are neither registered with the district or any Sub County. Prior to its termination, the group had spread to the Sub Counties of Okwang, Ogor, Otuke Town Council and Omwonylee.  

Security investigations indicate that the group is not even a member of Elders Fellowship, a forum that brings together all Pentecostal churches in Otuke district. 

But Martin Odur, one of their leaders denied allegations of sabotaging government program saying there was nothing wrong in rejecting the immunization. 

The police have also arrested 13 members of the group for sabotaging government programmes. Otuke District Police Commander Edson Turyaryomwe said that those arrested are accused of directly participating in mobilizing followers to reject the immunization and any other government program saying it is against their doctrine.

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