Down town, was last Saturday painted white as the followers of Owoâ€™busobozi Bisaka, (the Almighty Bisaka), entered the city for what they called a national ceremony to pray for peace in the country at Nakivubo Stadium.
Clad in white gowns, the abaikiriza (believers) as the sect is called, trekked to Nakivubo in thousands from Bisakaâ€™s Palace in Nansana, where they had spent the night. Traffic and economic activities around Kampala-Hoima road and areas surrounding the old Taxi Park were brought to a standstill, as people stood on rooftops, on top of cars to witness the white invasion onto the city.
After hours of waiting, Owoâ€™busobozi, 78, (a Runyoro word for the only one with authority) and his wife arrived at around 11:00am in a gray Mitsubishi Pajero escorted by a fleet of six more vehicles to a thrilling welcome from his slogan chanting followers.
â€˜Kwahukana Kuhoirehoâ€™ Kwahukana Kuhoirehoâ€™ (disunity has ended) they shouted. Bisakaâ€™s followers competed to lay their clothes on the ground for him to walk on.
The followers of the self-styled father of unity, most of who came from as far as Kisoro, Rwanda, Rakai, Kibaale (where the headquarters of the sect are found), Kasese, Masindi, Rukungiri, and Kampala had started flocking the stadium by 8:00am.
No sooner had Bisaka settled down than his Bakwenda (cult zone heads) welcomed the founder and leader of the 23-year-old Faith of Unity, with cash gifts of over sh10m, before the rest of the faithfuls could make their personal thanksgiving in this seemingly hierarchical sect.
But the moment of the day was to come when later, the Owobusobozi Bisaka, a man not known to most Ugandans rose up from his seat, to greet his followers. Hands of his followers dug in their pockets for money to thank and acquire blessings from their god.
It is difficult to fathom, how a staunch Catholic, who once worked for Hoima Diocese and composed songs for the Catholic faith, had now formed his own cult called Abaikiriza.
Yes. Hard to believe that Desteo Bisaka as he was know until 1980, the son of a leading catholic catechist, Petero Byombi could be here commanding such a big anti-Catholicism following.
Born in 1930 at Kitoma, Kibizi in Kibaale district, Bisaka says that throughout his life, he had wanted to be a priest, but this did not come to pass.
The former Grade III teacher claims that the voice of God of Hosts (the Creator) appeared to him and urged him to start saving people and preaching about oneness.
He broke away from the Catholic faith and wrote his own book, which he says is the basis of the entire â€˜oneness faithâ€™.
Owobusobozi Bisaka claims that the Bible teachings bring about divisions, which he says is manifested by the so many religions that have sprang from the Bible.
He further says that the Bible bears no signature like his book, â€œThe Book of God, of the Age of Onenessâ€ because its writers knew that the words within them were not right.
This is according to his book, where he says that in God, there are several major spirits â€” The lord God of Hosts, The Lord God of the Holiness of God and The Lord God of the Power of God â€” Omukama Ruhanga Owobusobozi, Bisaka.
He has faced criticism from Christians, but the soft-spoken Bisaka, seems to be gathering more followers by the day.
Bisaka claims that he has healing powers and powers of saving people from satan, the enemy, and the diseases. He says that the second, 12th and 22nd days (days when his cult holds prayers) of very month are Godâ€™s Days set for miracles, but that salvation is daily.
Bisaka is married with children, whom he calls abenda yoâ€™Obusobozi (children from the body of that who has authority over everything.)
Although he claims that his faith is an African indigenous one, Bisaka does not believe in medicine used by the traditional healers, instead encouraging the use of his â€˜holy waterâ€™.
People have expressed concern about the number of illiterate people who he has manipulated and deceived to give the little they have, to get blessings.
At the end of last year, there were media reports that Bisakaâ€™s followers were planning to buy him an aeroplane. Bisaka has just finished building a multi-million Itambiro (house of worship) complex at his home in Kapyemi, Kibaale.
He Claims To Be The Power Of God