Six arrested as Kabare Sector officials crack down on ’Abadakata Hasi’ Church followers resisting gvt initiatives

By Esther Muhozi
On 10 January 2024 at 03:12

Officials from Kabare Sector in Kayonza District have initiated a campaign to locate worshippers at the ’Abadakata Hasi’ Church who resist adhering to government initiatives, such as sending children to school and participating in various programs. On January 9, 2024, the effort began in Mubuga village in Kagari ka Gitara, resulting in the arrest of six individuals, including five women and one young man.

Jean Paul Kagabo, the Executive Secretary of Kabare Sector, explained that the action followed a survey of 16 houses across three different cells where churchgoers were found to be non-compliant with government plans. These individuals, associated with the Abadakata Hasi Church, were reported to resist COVID-19 vaccination and oppose government programs like subscription for medical insurance, school attendance, and communal efforts.

During the encounter, the six apprehended individuals were engaged in discussions about the Bible, leading five of them to reconsider their perspectives and agree to comply with government requirements.

However, one resident adamantly refused to cooperate, withdrew his five children from school, avoided paying tuition fees, and rejected other governmental initiatives. Despite attempts to persuade him, the authorities expressed the intention to involve the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) due to his alleged criminal activities.

Kagabo stressed the commitment to identify and address individuals holding such non-compliant beliefs, urging the public to steer clear of those who mislead them. Emphasizing the importance of adhering to government programs, Kagabo called on people to carefully read the Bible and avoid interference with initiatives like education and financial support.

The ’Abadakata Hasi’ church is situated in the Rwinkwavu and Kabare sectors. Notably, in September 2023, five followers of the church were arrested in Rwinkwavu Sector and subsequently underwent reeducation, leading to a change in their perspectives.