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Pastor Under Investigations for De- Campaigning Measles- Rubella Vaccination

At least 22 pastors were arrested by security agencies on Wednesday and interrogated for several hours. This is after several members of the sect resisted the exercise saying it was “evil”.
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Security personnel in Kotido are investigating the End-Time-Message Church, a born again sect for allegedly de- campaigning the recently concluded Measles-Rubella and Polio campaign in district.

At least 22 pastors were arrested by security agencies on Wednesday and interrogated for several hours. This is after several members of the sect resisted the exercise saying it was “evil”.

Chilla Docto, from Lodera II and member of the End- Time-Message Church in Losilang, Kotido West Division denied her children vaccines on claims that her pastors had told her that the vaccine kills. Others followed suit, making the immunization coverage in Kotido Municipality remain at 84 percent, the lowest in Kotido district.

However, during interrogations, Pastor Abraham Lochan of End Time Message Church in Losilang denounced Chilla and other members who refused to take part in the immunization exercise.

“I have never seen that woman or any of those people claiming that we stopped from getting measles-rubella vaccine. I know all my flock and these people are just shameless”, he said.

Paul Dedeng, another Pastor in Nakapelimoru Church claims they are being framed by other churches in the district. He emphasized that their faith does not conflict with any government programs.

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“Where are these people tarnishing our names and the church? We serve God and we work under the established laws. Could it be catechists or other religious leaders here in Losilang? Let them come out and face us”.

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Kotido District Internal Security Officer, Godfrey Wachara sounded a strong warning to the faith group adding that investigations shall continue to establish the truth.

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