April 7, 2000

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10 The Catholic News & Herald


Kenyan archbishop warns against repeating Ugandan By JOSEPH Catholic


News Service



Archbishop Raphael Ndingi Mwana'a Nzeki of Nairobi urged the government

to be on the alert for cultcould plunge the country into a tragedy like the recent cult kill-

strong signs of what is developing in our society," he said. Ndingi said Christians should know God does not advocate death and nobody knows when the world will come to an end.





A Uganda

of them could be dan-

Archbishop Ndingi



said in early April that

Kenyans should learn from what happened in

Uganda, where some 900 cult members were

pointed out, even influence followers not to

Christians should

work as the world will come to an end soon and that there is no

advocate death and

the world to



stream churches and rushing to suspicious


religious organizations.

"Whereas there is freedom of worgovernment must watch out

ship, the

the educated, let alone the illiterates like the Mwala woman. These are



for fundamentalists

could mis-

lead the people into committing suicides


and murders.

"Nobody has the

1998 a


right to take the of the other or influence its taking,

and the government has the cardinal responsibility of ensuring that people


branches photo from Reuters


in Rugazi,


27. Police investigating the

death of hundreds involved with the cult have discovered more graves. Hundreds died in a blaze at the cult's



Kanungu March


during the pontiff s visit to Uganda in 1993. "Certainly he (Kibwetere) did not

Meanwhile, the apostolic nuncio to



son to care for



for a caring, responsible per-

6-month old

son, in


said that the cult's leaders, in-

Commandments March

concern over the tragedy. The pope "is very, very concerned about the unfortunate event. I have



cluding two suspended Catholic

Uganda, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, confirmed Pope John Paul IPs




in the three nations.

Prisoners dig for bodies behind the house of a leader of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten

informed him," said the nuncio in Kampala, Uganda. Archbishop Pierre dismissed claims by cult leader Joseph Kibwetere that he had met the pope

live their full lives,"

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movement had

ning from their main-

the archbishop said.

Archbishop Ndingi said that in woman in Mwala, Kenya, was led to believe that the world was to end that May. She sold all her belongings and even withdrew children from school to stay home as they waited for the imminent coming of the Lord, which never occurred. "It is easy for those working with the devil's power to hypnotize even


Christians against run-


an end.

said there were so many suspicious people with misleading interpretations of the Bible who could lead others to a situation similar to the Ugandan one.

Stanley Kinyata, in whose constituency the cult's Kanungu headquarters is located, said that the

need for earthly things.

nobody knows when

happened to our close neighbor Uganda, it can happen here. It has happened elsewhere," "It

minister of parliament

by telephone that Kenyans, Tanzanians and Rwandans were among those burned to death or found dead in and around various properties of the movement. said


Ndingi said

know God does not

systematically killed.


The cult leader "should produce evidence to prove that he met the pope. We don't have any proof that he met the pope," Archbishop Pierre

were springing up and some

ings in Uganda.

cult tragedy

meet the Holy Father. People don't meet the pope just like that," he said.

said all sorts of religious orga-



April 7,

the New;

priests, could

have hired experts in the mass murders or trained their killers.

"They must have hired the killers. For a priest to kill 'these numbers of people he must be wild and crazy," Kinyata said. He suspected that the murders were deliberate and

planned long beforehand by the leaders, because some of the pits containing dead bodies have been discovered inside and under houses of the cult leaders.

Police have arrested one of the suspected leaders of the cult, Joseph Settumba Ssemande, in the southwestern Uganda town of Rakai. t

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