Category: MRTCG

The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandment of God was a religious cult in Uganda.

On March 17, 2000, hundreds of members of the doomsday cult were locked up in a makeshift church and set ablaze. What initially seemed like a mass suicide turned out to be premeditated killings that shocked the world. A total of 530 bodies were counted after the inferno.

Uganda authorities said that leaders of this doomsday cult appeared to have systematically killed other cult members for months before the fire.

Six held over Kibwetere’s iron sheets

Police in Kanungu are holding six men suspected to have stolen iron sheets from Kibwetere’s cult church, the Restoration of Ten Commandments of God at Nyabutogo village in Kanungu. In 2000, over 800 people who belonged to the cult were burnt to death. The District Police Commander, Mr Eddy Kulany, on September 26 told journalists that they had recovered 200 iron sheets. “The iron sheets were recovered from the villages of Itembezo, Masya and Kampala,” he said.

Mystery surrounds Kanungu massacre

KAMPALA – It is Five years since the Kanungu massacre, but the leaders of the cult are still at large and there is no explanation so far. The police issued arrest warrants for the leaders, and success is yet to be registered. “The international arrest warrant is still on. Investigations were concluded but no arrests have been made so far,” a police source said yesterday. See Also In Kanungu They Are Desperate to Forget (Nov. 18, 2002) Kibwetere massacre, the forgotten event (Mar. 18. 2005) Research resources on The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God It

‘I escaped from the camp’: a survivor’s account

Moses Niwagaba narrowly survived the Kanungu Kibwetere massacre. He told Francis Niwagaba his story. “Kibwetere was a dark skinned mzee; very tall and welcoming who could not take any alcoholic drink. I was his follower for only two months. I joined the cult because of my uncle’s ill advice that the world was ending in 2000. ‘Moses this earthly life is short and very soon it is ending. It is up to you to prepare for your heavenly life now’. He constantly urged me to join him whenever I would visit him at the camp. My uncle was one of

Kibwetere massacre, the forgotten event

It is now five years since Joseph Kibwetere, a self-styled prophet and bishop, burnt up more than 1,000 Ugandans in one of the world’s worst massacres. Francis Niwagaba visited Kanungu to find out the developments if any. It happened at 11 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2000, at Katate, Kanungu, Kinkizi, in the then Rukungiri district. The masterminds of the cult besides Kibwetere, a failed politician and retired teacher, were Catholic priests Domenic Kataribabo and John Kasapurari, both renegades from the Mbarara Diocese. Credonia Mwerinde, a one-time prostitute and barmaid who owned the Kanungu Independent bar, assisted them. Their cult was

Who Cares About Kanungu?

–If there must be freedom of worship, let the legislature ensure that it does not get anybody’s right to life Today March 17, marks five years since over 1,000 people were killed in the Kanungu inferno in a church belonging to The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God A mockery of hope lies with the 12-year-old John Otushabira and company. He must have been about seven years old when the infamous Kanungu tragedy struck. Otushabira and his friends will be quick at sighting any visitor and coming to provide information about everything that happened on that

Kibwetere Museum Due In Kanungu

Kanungu district authorities are planning to develop the premises where the “Kibwetere” cult church once stood into a tourist site. Kanungu deputy chief administrative officer Moses Kanyarutokye said this at the district headquarters last week. See Also Research resources on the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandement of God “We are only waiting for government approval and handover of the premises to the district council,” he said. Kanyarutokye said the new tourist site would generate revenue for the district. “If the Government allows us to take over the place, we intend to construct a museum at the site

Kibwetere Site to House Tourist Hotel

Four years since about 1,000 people were murdered in a horrific religious cult mass killing in Uganda’s south-western district of Kanungu police say they are still hunting the lead killers. Police say they have finished forensic studies into the ash remains of the people killed by the cult led by Joseph Kibwetere. See Also Apologetics Index entry on the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God Kibwetere’s Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God killed about 1,000 people in one of the world’s worst mass suicides. The Minister of Internal Affairs Dr Ruhakana Rugunda

Kibwetere In Israel, MPs Told

New Vision (Uganda), May 8, 2003 By James Odong Parliament heard yesterday that the suspected architect of the Kanungu massacre, Jospeh Kibwetere, is in Israel. Kibwetere, the leader of the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, is suspected to have been behind the demise of over 1,000 people in a church inferno in Kanungu in 2,000. Amon Reeves Kabareebe (MP Rwampara) told the parliamentary committee on defence and internal affairs yesterday that Kibwetere was alive and well in Israel. “He is in Israel and has even carried out plastic surgery on his face so that people cannot recognise

Ugandan journalist sues UK firm over video on

BBC Monitoring, Apr. 21, 2003 http://infobrix.– BROKEN URL -/pages/infobrix/Story.nsp?story_id=38227117&ID=infobrix&scategory=Business+and+Finance& Text of report by Ugandan newspaper The New Vision web site on 21 April Journalist Bart Kakooza is suing a British Television station, APTN London, seeking to recover payment for a video tape containing footage of the 2000 Kanungu cult church fire. Kakooza, who is demanding 6,000 dollars, has filed the suit under Media Plus, his news agency. He alleges he supplied the original tape to APTN in March 2000 after being approached by its News Editor, Dong McNeal.

No trace of cult leaders

New Vision (Uganda), Jan. 23, 2003 K[ALA — Almost three years down the road, the Police are still hunting for five key Kanungu doomsday cult leaders. More than 1,000 followers of the Restoration of the Ten Commandments cult perished in a church inferno at Katate, Kanungu district, in March 2000. Police Spokesman Asuman Mugenyi said on Tuesday that they were still searching for leaders of the cult.