May 30, 2020

Catholic Church Disowns Women’s Group Arrested Outside President Kagame’s Home

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The “Ntarane” sect members arrested outside President Paul Kagame’s home in 2013. Here they were in court defending themselves

The Catholic Church has distanced itself from a catholic sect called “Ntwarane” in Rwanda, and in Uganda as Monastic Sisters and Brothers/Monks of Reparation and consolation of the sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary.

In late July 2013, a group of 11 women were arrested as they attempted to access the residence of President Paul Kagame in Kiyovu area of Kigali. The women claimed to have a message from the Virgin Mary for the Head of State.

More people from the Catholic Church, said to be the collaborators of the women, were arrested later.

In subsequent trial, they were charged with holding illegal assembly and inciting population against government. The Supreme Court acquitted them of all charges on April 2, 2015.

The Catholic Church, through Antoine Kambanda, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kigali, said Saturday that the sect has refused to adhere to doctrines of the Church.

The Archdiocese of Kigali held various meetings since November 8, 2019. The “NTWARANE” group refused to change their ways, says Kambanda. The latest meetings were held this month of May 2020.

The sect has branches in different parts of Rwanda including Muyanza, Cyangugu, Mushubatsi, Rususa, Mibirizi, Rusumo, Bukinda, Shangi, Mibilizi and Gitarama.

The sect is also said to be operating in Kisoro district, located in the southwestern region of Uganda. The region actually borders Rwanda.

“We officially announce that this sect is not part of the Catholic Church,” writes Archbishop Kambanda in letter sent out to all parish priests this Saturday.

It reads: “We urge the sect’s followers and anybody intending to join, to choose the doctrines of the Catholic Church and laws of our country, and should stop wearing clerical clothing. Those who had been misled by those false teachings, should report to the nearest Parish and Archdiocese, to help them.”

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