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World Message Last Warning

World Message Last Warning


Cult in Uganda. Founded in 1995 by Wilson Bushara.

Wilson Bushara, the 10th most wanted man by the Police, was on Monday night arrested in Iganga town with 29 followers. He told the Police and journalists that he had changed his name to Yosam Kataabe to evade arrest.
Fugitive Cult Boss Arrested, New Vision (Uganda)/Africa News Online, July 19, 2000

Fugitive ''prophet'' and leader of the World Last Message Warning Church, Wilson Bushara was yesterday arrested in Iganga.

He attracted media attention when he proclaimed that the World would end on June 30, 1999 and convinced his followers to sell off their property and buy places in heaven.
Prophet Bushara netted in Iganga, The Monitor (Uganda), July 18, 2000

Last September, authorities raided a farm in central Uganda used as a base by the apocalyptic World Message Last Warning sect, made up of Tutsis and Bahimas from southern Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo. Its members were accused of kidnapping children, and sexual abuse of minors.

Police are now looking for the ''extremely wealthy prophet'', Wilson Bushara, who founded the World Message Last Warning Church, a doomsday cult, four years ago.

They are also investigating charges of murder after the decomposing bodies of 24 members of his cult were found at their jungle base.

He has also been accused of raping young girls, theft, stock theft, running an illegal settlement and training a private army.

Bushara cunningly convinced rural people that they would have a secure place in heaven if they sold everything and followed him, according to Chris Bakesiima, police commander of Uganda's central region. The more they gave him, the better would be their position in heaven - leading to the cases of children stealing from their parents.

The picture finally became clear on September 18 when a large camp, home to about 2 000 fanatics of the doomsday cult, was discovered in a thick forest in Luwero.

Members of the ''church'' were holed up in cramped camps and were engaged in what the authorities described as ''obscene doomsday worship punctuated by communal sex and dual marriages''.

The sharing of the women among the wine-drinking leaders of the cult was based on their doctrine of brotherhood, according to police.

A spokesman said all female members of the cult automatically became the wives of Bushara, although it was also normal for him to have sex with other members of the ''church''.
'Prophet' sells tickets to heaven, Sunday Times (South Africa), Oct. 31, 1999

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