Authorities in Mityana District are pressing panic buttons after a suspected fake pastor mysteriously disappeared with several of their residents and went to an unknown destination.
According to Police, Pastor Kalibala Samuel,from Naama Central LCI, Naama Ward, Busimbi Division, in Mityana District disappeared with his family and a section of his followers on May 17, 2022, and has since been unreachable since all their phones were turned off.
Pastor Kalibala reportedly disappeared with seven family members who include; Namuwaya Jesca, (the wife to Kintu Sulait), Ssekyewa Shakim, aged 19, Nampeewo Shifrah aged 17, Muteesasira Muhammad aged 10, Ssenabulya Muhammed aged 8, Nakintu Angel aged 4 and Uwuzeeye Mable and several other members of his church.
According to police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the pastor and his followers locked their homes and left for an unknown destination and their families have not been able to trace them.
Enanga also revealed that Namuwaya Jessica, a mother to one of the followers who went missing, managed to get in touch with her daughter identified as Nabulya Faridah but she immediately turned off her phone without divulging any details.
Enanga further indicated that they suspect that this incident is similar to cultist activities in Kanungu where hundreds of believers were burned in a church by their leader called Joseph Kibwetere on March 17, 2000.
“It is unfortunate that we have a pastor who is not transparent in his methods of using his powers to control his followers. Such conduct has the potential of opening wounds for relatives who missed their loved ones during the Kibwetere cult saga in Kanungu,” said Enanga.
Enanga said that police had commenced with the investigations and so far, three people had been arrested in connection to aiding movement of the victims to an unknown location. Enanga assured the families of the missing people that the pastor and his accomplices will be apprehended.
The accomplices include; Harriet Kajubi, a 53-year-old teacher, Nalweyiso Harriet, a 62-year-old midwife and Ssekyewa Shakim, an 18-year-old student who Enanga said will help in the ongoing investigations.