AGAPE Church in Mbarara turns into RNC recruitment base

By VirungaPost
On 11 January 2018 at 07:26

Agape church in Uganda’s Mbarara district is no longer a spiritual ground for religious activities but rather a recruitment and mobilization base for the terrorist group, Rwanda National Congress (RNC), this website can exclusively reveal.

Information obtained by this website shows that Agape Church owned by “Pastor” Deo Nyiligira has turned into a centre for RNC covert operations in western Uganda where religious deeds are only used as a cover up for RNC recruitment and mobilization activities.

This church is one of the dozen RNC cells operating freely in Uganda and engaged in mobilizing for this ragtag terrorist outfit thanks to the support they enjoy from Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) under the command of Brig. Gen. Abel Kandiho.

Well-placed sources intimated to this website that Deo Nyirigira’s Agape church in Mbarara is not only a recruitment front for RNC but also a planning base for all RNC clandestine operations in western Uganda.

Eyewitnesses testified to this website that RNC fugitives frequently meet at the church under the guise of prayers and draw up lists of young Rwandans to recruit into rebel activities but also come up with lists of innocent Rwandans deemed ‘hostile’ to RNC agenda.

According to one member of this church, those Rwandans classified as “hostile” to RNC propaganda are often baptized as Rwandan government spies and subsequently forwarded to CMI for arrest and torture.

“For the recruitment and mobilization to succeed those that they see as an obstacle to their agenda are simply framed as Rwandan spies and handed to CMI…it’s a strategy that is working well for the group,” the church member that spoke to this website on condition of anonymity said.

One of the recent victims of those lists is Emmanuel Cyemayire, a Rwandan businessman based in Mbarara who was kidnapped on January 4 by CMI operatives. His whereabouts remain unknown till today.

The group at church does not only stop at recruiting and plotting kidnaps, they also work with CMI to transport the recruits to their training base as the case was with the 43 recruits that were detained enroute for Minembwe in DRC through Burundi.

It should be recalled that this very Agape church is where Dr. Ruvuma, a well known RNC mobiliser in Mbarara was arrested from but later released amidst pressure from CMI. Ruvuma has since continued to operate freely for the terrorist group RNC since his release.

Other top RNC agents who frequent the church are Charles Sande (alias Robert Mugisha) and Felix Mwizerwa (Pastor Nyirigira’son). Mwizerwa and Dr Ruvuma were part of the group that escorted the 43 RNC recruits to Kikagati border post but escaped upon seeing Uganda Police detain the group.

For the past two months, Nyirigira’s church has been active in framing cases of espionage on innocent Rwandans and hence leading to their arrest. This website has detailed information on seven Rwandan businessmen and women who were kidnapped and taken to Kampala CMI after their names were drawn up by a group working from this church.

Pastor Deo Nyirigira fled justice in Rwanda in 2000 after members of his AGAPE Church in Kigali reported him to the authorities that he was extorting money from them and that he was using the church for personal gains at the expense of the interests of the members. Even members of his AGAPE Church in Mbarara have leveled similar charges against him his close links to CMI have helped to provide cover for these corrupt tendencies, according to sources with close links to the Church.

RNC operations in Uganda are coordinated by Rugema Kayumba, a cousin to RNC’s political head, Kayumba Nyamwasa and the CMI’s CPL Mulindwa aka Mukombozi and the duo work closely with chief of CMI, Brigadier Abel Kandiho.

The RNC-CMI harassment and torture of Rwandans has since been joined by the Uganda’s Minister of Security Lt Gen. Henry Tumukunde who is inspired by his anti-Rwanda stance.


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