On 17th March 2000 Ugandans awoke to the tragic news that more than 800 members of the Movement of the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God (MRTCG) had been burnt to death in their church building in Kanungu,then in Rukungiri District,South Western Uganda.Was it an accident or suicide?Did the members know that they would die? Was it planned by the cult leaders? Who was behind this atrocious act?
The Kanungu Tragedy sets out to adress these and more questions .The book is an attempt to reveal the findings about the MRTCG,especially the brutality involved in the total destruction of the cult.It is a straightforward narration of the findings about the infernoand the related discoveries of dead bodies in mass graves scattered in various locations in Kampala,Bushenyi and Rukungiri.
About the Author
Monsignor Bagumisiriza holds a master’s degree in Spiritual Theology and a PHD in Missiology both from the Gregorian University, Rome.
At the time of the inferno Monsignor Bagumisiriza was the Vicar General and Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator of Kabale Diocese where the MRTCG had settled. He served as General Spiritual Director of Ggaba Ntional Seminary, Kampala in 1983-1984, then he went Rome to study and came back to serve in the same position in 1989-1994. Currently he is a member of the Formation Team and a lecturer in Spirituality at Katigindo National Major Seminary, Masaka.
His other publications include The Priest as a Builder of Communion in Uganda Today (Gregorian University, Rome) and Uganda: The Duty and Democratic Responsibility of Leaders and Citizens to Eradicate Corruption in Obedience to God (2011). He also contributed to the writing of Evangelization of Poverty Eradication in Kabale Diocese (Makerere University Press, Kampala 2003). Furthermore, he was one of the people who translated The African Synod Reaches Home in to Runyakore-Rukiga.
He is currently working on a publication on Bakiga traditional marriage in comparison with Christian marriage and the origin of the” Basigi Clan” in Uganda.