Clerics Face Arrest For Sabotaging ID Registration Exercise

page geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Gen Aronda made the remarks while addressing national identity card registration leaders and key stakeholders from Kigezi region at White Horse Inn hotel in Kabale.

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Owobusobozi Bisaka is a self-styled “god” whose spiritual powers have attracted many to his religion since the early 1980s when he started preaching.

Gen Aronda who is also the National Information Security System Coordinator said that such religious cults in western Uganda are mobilising their believers to shun the exercise.

He said religious leaders convince believers that the exercise is satanic and the ID number could lead them to hell.

“We have tried to reach out to these religious cult leaders but they have remained defiant. We shall continue to reach them since they are important to us in this exercise but if they continue resisting, we shall involve the police to detain and interrogate them,’’ Gen Aronda warned.


The Minister said that the government will not hesitate to arrest anybody who tries to decampaign the exercise adding, that the ID is bound to improve national security.

Foreigners, according to Gen Aronda, will be compelled to pay for services in the country that they are currently enjoying freely since the region has become so competitive.

“Our friends from Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries came when there was fighting in their country but don’t want to go back now. We want to reorganise ourselves so that they can pay for services they are enjoying.”

He also warned the Local Council 1 Chairpersons against abandoning the exercise over poor pay saying, that they could be replaced with the Community Development Officers to the work.

In Nyamweru sub county Kabale district, the LC chairman abandoned the supervision of the registration exercise and refused to take the Shs 10000 daily allowances saying, it was small compared to the lots of work they do.

Meanwhile, the participants mainly in the districts of Kabale and Kanungu that lie along the border line expressed concerns over registering non Ugandans mainly at the Katuna border of Rwanda and the Ishasha border with the DRC.

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