The arrests occurred on Sunday, July 30, 2023, in the Nyamata Village, Byimana Cell of Ndego Sector, Eastern Province. The detained individuals hail from various sectors of Kayonza District, including Ndego, Kabare, Rwinkwavu, Mwiri, and Mpanga in Kirehe District.
The accused individuals are alleged to have defied government measures, specifically those related to the fight against Covid-19, tax collection, and the education of children, claiming these measures are unnecessary burdens since the end of the world is imminent.
Following their arrest, the individuals maintained that they were on their way to meet Jesus, although the exact location of this encounter remains mysterious.
Claude Bizimana, the Executive Secretary of Ndego Sector, confirmed the arrests and stated that the detainees are now in the custody of Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) Station in Ndego. He added that they are being educated on the importance of adhering to the government’s programs.
In light of this incident, Bizimana urged the population to exercise caution when interpreting religious teachings to avoid being misled by unfounded apocalyptic messages. He stressed the significance of adhering to government programs for the well-being and safety of the community.