A pastor and her two accomplices have been arrested in Uganda, for illegally harboring 18 people in their rented house in Nakuwadde Village, Wakiso District, to “Praise and worship” claims.
According to reports, Pastor Jackline Kisoma, Daniel Kisoma and Edward Giita were keeping the 18 in dreadful conditions, not allowing them to leave or seek medical care if they became ill.
‘They instead spent the whole day and night, praising, worshipping and having Bible lessons,’ said police speaking to Daily Monitor.
According to Police, Pastor Jackline duped the victims into dropping out of school and joining her sect,” claiming education was useless.”
“The home also served as a worship Centre for the trio’s unregistered cult,” said police.
They also said that the three suspects also took their children from school.
Search and Rescue
The investigations was launched when one of the parents victims, Martha Adulu,21, went to visit her at St Francis Nursing School only to find out that she had left two months before.
In a joint operation by the Criminal Investigation Department(CID) and the Anti-Human Trafficking Department resulted to the discovery and rescue of the victims.
“Ms. Adulu was tracked down to Nakuwadde Village where her three other nursing school colleagues Amina Nakiganda Kwagala,23, Angel Nampera,19, and Favor Nagita,18,were recovered,” said the police.
Other four students from the nursing school who were also forced to leave school were found.
During the rescue mission, Edward Giita’s wife and his three children were among those detained.
Five children belonging to Pastor Kisoma, all aged below 12 years, were also found.
“This is the predicament that many victims in religious cults face. They see the leaders as a God-like figure whom they fear to go against,” said the Police.
The victims are undergoing counselling and rehabilitations” to prove or disprove of any acts of sexual violence.
The accused face human trafficking and unlawful confinement charges as they await for directions from the Directorate of Public Prosecution.