Before March 17th 2000, few people outside southwestern Uganda had heard of Kanungu town. However even for those who had, it was only known as the sleepy corner of Rukungiri with a bad road, a high HIV/AIDS infection rate and the home of the world famous Bwindi gorilla.
Kanungu was thrown into the glaring spectacle of the international news media when more than 500 members of a cult were burned to death in a church on the outskirts of the town.
- The cult: The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God
- The leaders: A charismatic Catholic priest and a prostitute
- The final death toll: More than 1,000
What happened? How could this take place before our very eyes? Ten years down the line, what has been done to investigate this?
Michael Wambi investigates for National Perspective: National Perspective – Revisiting Ugandas Murderous Cult