The RDF Second Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Eugene Nkubito has warned people claiming to be prophets and predicting war in Rwanda with intentions of encouraging people to flee the country without participating in elections.
He sounded the warning yesterday in pre-election awareness talks held in Northern Province referring to some cases preceding referendum in 2015 where such people told voters that a war was to take place in Rwanda calling them to flee the country.
“You know that security experience while preparing for elections. People spread rumors among citizens as we get ready for elections with the intention of threatening citizens and destabilizing elections. You know that rumors always prevent people from working. I request leaders at different levels to stand against that,” he said.
“Pointing an example in Northern Province, some people spread rumors that a war would break out as preparations for referendum got underway. Such rumors are spread by people hiding behind religion. They prophesize war so that people lock themselves inside houses other than joining others for voting,” he added.
The representative of the association of churches in Musanze district, Past Matabaro Mporana Jonas has told IGIHE that they will amicably handle the matter.
“The Church and other religions have organized a gospel crusade slated for 11th June 2017 to pray for elections in which such message will be conveyed. We always warn false prophecy while preaching but the anticipated crusade will be impactful as it will bring together various churches and religions,” he said.
- The RDF Second Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Eugene Nkubito