Police monitoring sect in Uganda

The Police are monitoring the activities of a religious sect in Mbuye, Rakai District, whose followers were expecting the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, to appear last week.

Thousands of followers of Mbuye Christian faith flocked the parish church in Luanda Sub-county anticipating Mary’s visitation on Wednesday. Other followers came from Tanzania, Rwanda and the DR Congo. Among the worshippers was Kampala tycoon Joseph Behakanira owner of Avemar shopping mall on Luwum Street.

Police spokesman Edward Ochom on Friday said, “We have put them under surveillance. We normally give such believers the benefit of the doubt, but when we see any criminal activities, we move in.” The leader, Specioza Mukantabana, a Rwandese residing in the US, was reported speaking to Mary, as the followers prayed and sang.

The event, held under tight security from White Snow Security guards, a Kampala firm linked to Behakanira, started on Tuesday.

Msgnr. Fr. Lawrence Jjumba led the followers in the two-day prayers.

Mukantabana knelt down when it was time to hear from Mary. Speaking in English and Kinyarwanda she looked up in the sky and begun to talk.

As she prayed, Dr. Deo Luwukya from Masaka town emerged from the congregation and pricked her body with a sharp object but she did not react. She was also unhurt when he lit a match stick and let the flames lick her back.

In her alleged discussion with Mary Mukantabana was heard saying, “Why do you want me to speak in English. Yes you told me that you were going to come, so many people have been waiting for you at Mbuye.”

“Some of them have come to pray, some have come to see miracles. What should I tell the people in Mbuye.

Some of them have told me to inform you that they have problems of infertility, poverty, unemployment, sickness and some want to become rich. Please help them,” she said.

Then Mukantabana prostrated for several minutes before she rose, crying. “Why did you show me that house? You want me to drop my job. I am afraid of being idle. Okay I will resign my job. I am ready to serve you,” she said.

Mukantabana claims she first saw Mary on November 29, 1988 at Mbuye.

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Religion News Blog posted this on Sunday December 3, 2006.
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