By:- Our Staff Writer
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia Today)March 30,2023:- The Ethiopian government confirmed the entry of hundreds of Ugandans to Ethiopia over ‘doomsday’ fears.
The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Ugandans belonging to a religious cult in eastern Uganda fled from their villages to Ethiopia during the past few weeks.
The Ugandans who belong to the sect called Christ Disciples Church (CDC) started fleeing to Ethiopia last month.
“Hundreds of Ugandans have entered Ethiopia through southern Ethiopia, claiming that the end of the world is approaching, and Ethiopia is the only safe place” Ambassador Meles Alem, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told journalists.
According to Meles, the Ugandan nationals are currently residing in Yangatom locality in Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) which borders neighboring Kenya.
It is not yet clear if the Ugandan sect members crossed borders to Ethiopia via Kenya or South Sudan borders.
The Ugandan police, in its preliminary investigation said the sect members fled to escape the end of the world, which they believed would start to strike from their area.
The members of the sect were told by their leaders that their area would soon be hit with death and all the people there would die.
Earlier this month, authorities in Uganda said that they were investigating a religious sect called CDC with its base in Obululum village in the eastern Uganda district of Serere.
“We started the investigations after getting information that people were being trafficked to Ethiopia since February and it is going on till today,” area police spokesperson Oscar Ogeca said.
The people, who number in the hundreds, were told by their leaders to flee to Ethiopia where they would be safe.