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A new Ugandan religion prohibits any kind of registration

 

By YUSUFU BWANIKA

A decade has elapsed since the massacre of one thousand people in the guise of worship by Joseph Kibwetere. Today the tragedy of Kanungu is still stuck in the minds of many Ugandans. The stream of tears that came from their eyes still flows towards the victims. Nevertheless, the country remains quite a fertile ground for the growth of such cults, and Nyangakiibo is the latest.

The cult in the Rubirizi District of western Uganda has so far attracted more than 30 families. The propagators of this new faith have been preaching secretly and winning over converts. The name of the cult Nyangakiibo comes from two Runyankore words, nyanga and akiibo, which literally mean rejecting the calabash (container).

The sect seems to be a breakaway from Christianity and therefore a protest against some acts and rituals performed in the church.

A related sect is Nyanga obusera, which is reported to have originated from the suburbs of Kamwenge district in western Uganda. Its name literally means rejecting the porridge. Both Nyanga obusera and Nyangakiibo are not so distant from each other in terms of beliefs and geographical location, though the former is more extreme.

Some of the core beliefs of the Nyangakiibo include protesting against any kind of registration and formalization. Their students are not allowed in school nor are they allowed to register in any government programme. Those who do business try by all means to evade taxes so as to save their names and properties from registration.

They look at computers as satanic facilities which the devil uses to record his allies. As I walked through the streets of Kanyinya village in Rubirizi, I was led to a man who has lived on buying second hand motorcycles, despite his ability to buy a new one, for fear of registering his name.

In this remote area residents lack enough knowledge to get them out of their ignorance; the few who afford radios cannot afford batteries. The low-quality radios they afford access only local stations, which only reinforce local beliefs.

Unlike the Faith of Unity, another indigenous Ugandan religion that emerged three decades ago at the hands of Owobusobozi Bisaka, Nyangakiibo is a small and slowly growing religion. Its missionaries have hardly gone beyond its birthplace.

Bisaka, on the other hand, has appointed many prophets throughout the western region and constructed a number of prayer centers. His apostles have conducted various campaigns and preaching, including hunting down devils which allegedly disturb people near the Maramagambo Forest.

After repulsing these evil spirits, usually the preachers conclude with a crusade in the area in which they attribute the evil spirits to the failure of the people to understand their lord Bisaka.  It should be noted that the major attribute of this charlatan is Owobusobozi, which literally means the almighty.

Many people have come up to claim prophethood all over the world. But few have dared to call themselves the supreme God, like Bisaka has done. He has printed his own literature and he has got his own ‘divine’ scripture. Bisaka’s religion operates legally in Uganda and he’s granted security by the government.

The aim of many of these imposters, including Bisaka and Kibwetere, is to rob their followers of wealth. But the motive of barring people from all kinds of registration, as Nyangakiibo has done, is quite unclear.

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0 #1 MART-LOCK 2013-04-09 14:47
I dont thing Bisaka belongs to Kibwetere coz he has managed to preach three decays any like others so if he was a robber people would have quite from him.
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0 #2 KASAIJA 2013-07-02 15:45
I wonder how some people define a cult,is it language problem?. Bisaka has his literature(the book of god of the age of oneness) this is a book independent of itself from the bible.No single ritual he borrowed from any christian church.He does his things in a modern style reflecting the modern world.Bisaka by the fact that he was from his childhood a catholic,he did it because his father and grand father were catholics.While in the catholic church he used to advise them as usual they dont listen,that he had come to save people from evil.Bisaka is different from these churches hence he is not a cult but a new faith in Uganda in like with modern African cultures and practices.His believers need to understand him properly otherwise some have already gone astray hating each other because of material resources and power to lead otherwise Bisaka's religion would have been earmarked as Uganda's religion,the Government is watching closely.
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0 #3 Babara Christopher 2013-08-09 16:09
Bisaka worshipping is just idolatry!

They don't believe in the Bible which prohibits idol worshipping
Exodus 20:4-6
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0 #4 musinguzi 2013-09-05 11:52
Bisaka has his words in his book("THE BOOK OF GOD OF THE AGE OF ONENESS WE ARE ONE IN THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS DISUNITY HAS ENDED") it has no connection with the bible. i don't think He is related to kibwetere and i think for the Government to give someone security it must have proved beyond no dought that He isn't wronging to people instead helping them uniting them by completely chasing away the tempter satan that had brought about hatred of one another Imagine for 3decades people still continue flooding looking for Him if u want to believe me visit muhorro town uganda on 11th ,june His birthday witness by yo self.
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0 #5 DAVID 2013-10-17 11:58
Bisaka is a real God with a mission of uniting his people & redeem them from satan/evil.Whic h evil rooted in Religions,tribe s/clans and colors.
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+1 #6 Dr. Abigaba 2013-12-20 08:28
Christopher, who told you that once you differ with Bible, then you are off track?, who told you that God wrote the bible himself? if you think so, why are there books like; mathew, luke, etc? what maketh you believe their words and not Owobusobozi's message? Chris, you dont just claim what you dont have, Kasaija told you that for three decades, he has called himself God hitherto. note: he has about 2000 churches (branches/ Amatambiro). now my friend with that mass, you still compare him with your kibwetere?, wait a minute, your religion has been here for centuries but you still harboured devilish things and he is the only one who has opened peoples eyes to see and leave devil please go to the west do research and compare with the central for instance where he still has few churches and see the difference between his works and Jesus/mohamed works you will tell me... over to you.
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-1 #7 tumuhaise 2014-06-06 07:29
The entourage of owobusobozi is large enough to prove that he has the mighty powers to heal bodily and spiritual diseases.
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