Pastor Robert Kayanja has warned controversial Aloysius Bugingo is creating a cult similar to Joseph Kibweteere’s.
The warning comes after Bugingo made a rather controversial statement on marriage.
Kayanja joins other religious leaders who have condemned the recent statement of the House of Prayer Ministries International head pastor.
On 9th January, during lunch hour prayers at Canan Land in Makerere Kikoni, Bugingo said ’till death do us part’ is not biblical and is the cause of murders between couples. He challenged his congregation to show him a couple in the bible that made such vows.
“I have read the Bible countless times but I have never come across any verse that tells marrieds that it will be death to do them apart, those vows which are made by Anglicans, Catholics and Born-again, are satanic, that is why when couples find that they are no longer compatible, they find ways taking away each other’s lives because the vows involve death,” Bugingo said.
He added: “People do not just kill others. It is those vows when Abraham was marrying Sarah, did he make those vows? The vows are from hell.”
Speaking to his congregation earlier, a disappointed Kayanja condemned Bugingo ajd warned his followers of doom ahead.
Kayanja said: “I used to think that his problem was English, but now I fully believe that the brother (Bugingo) is anointed to start a new cult. He attacks rings, he attacks Christmas, and everything that has been designed to give God all the glory.”
“If your still going or listening to Bugingo, you are finished like Kibweteere did,” Kayanja further warned.
Joseph Kibweteere was one of the leaders of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a group that splintered from the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda and became infamous after 778 of its members were found dead. Although Joseph died in the incident, the Ugandan police shortly afterwards issued a warrant for arrest against the other leaders of the group.
In 2014 it was announced by the Uganda National Police that there were reports that Kibweteere was hiding in Malawi.
Around 1989 he came into contact with a woman named Credonia Mwerinde, a prostitute who claimed she was looking to repent for her sins. She had a background of claimed experiences dating back further than Kibweteere. Credonia claimed that she could see the virgin Mary when looking at a stone on the mountains.
The stone looked the spitting image of the Virgin Mary. Her fatherclaimed to have had a vision of his dead daughter Evangelista as early as 1960.
His children and grandchildren would be affected by this. By 1989, Credonia and her Ursula were traveling through Uganda spreading the family’s message. When Credonia met Kibweteere, he welcomed her with open arms and shared his own experiences. This would lead to their forming the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God.
After the death of Credonia’s father, he became leader of the group. In the 1990s they strongly emphasized apocalypticism in their booklet A Timely Message from Heaven: The End of the Present Time.
Hence he led an elite group of six men and six women deemed to be the “new apostles.” These apostles had an equal number of women because of the emphasis they placed on Mother Mary as instrumental in sweeping them toward heaven. The group stated several dates where it would be the end of the world, however, several of these dates passed by with no sign of an apocalypse.
Reportedly he stated that the year 2000 would be followed by “year 1 of the new world.” These and other claims had little effect on the wider world. For the most part he remained an obscure figure in Uganda and never formally split with the Catholic Church.
In March 2000 the group began slaughtering cattle and buying massive amounts of Coca-Cola. These events did not initially raise alarm, but they were preparation for a feast before death.
On March 17, Kibweteere apparently died in the group’s mass suicide.
A member of Kibweteere’s family stated that Kibweteere’s actions were completely influenced by Credonia Mwerinde.
A great deal remains unclear about his story and the movement. The BBC reported that Kibweteere had been treated for bipolar disorder a year or so before the group suicide. At the time the Ugandan authorities considered him a fugitive and mass-murderer because they believed him to have escaped. The date and nature of the apocalypse they expected is debated. There is one camp that indicates they believed it would come in 1999 and that the 2000 suicide was caused by the failure of that prophecy. This would seem confirmed by some of their activities of 1999, but in their literature 2000 is often seen as the end year. The nature of his role and significance to the events is also disputed. Due to the circumstances of events, satisfactory answers to these and other questions may never be forthcoming.
Kibwetere did all this in the Kanungu district in western Uganda.
Kayanja warns Bugingo could do such a thing.