Cult enters bunkers though doomsday uneventful
By Antony Gitonga
Thu Sep 14, 9:19 AM ET
MAUCHE, Kenya (Reuters) – Kenyan followers of a U.S.-based
religious sect which predicted the world would end after a
September 12 outbreak of nuclear war moved into bunkers on
Wednesday despite the failure of their prediction.
Dozens of members of the House of Yahweh — dressed in gas
masks, gloves and long overcoats — have built a network of
underground hideouts in the small highland village of Mauche.
They have stocked the bunkers with dried fermented flour
meant to feed them for a year, by which time sinners would have
been wiped off the Earth, according to their beliefs.
"Those who have been doubting us will in hours be ashamed
and if the effect of the war is not felt here, then let the
police arrest us," Mosheh Sang, leader of the sect in Kenya,
told journalists while packing sacks of flour into a bunker.
"We shall stay in the bunkers for a period of one year."
According to Sang, a nuclear war between the United States
North Korea only
failed to kick off Tuesday as expected due
to difference in international time zones.
"Members of our sect who are in the U.S. will not be
affected as they are protected by Yahweh," Sang added.
According to its web site www.yahweh.com, the group was
founded in Abilene, Texas.
"September 12…You need to put this date on your bathroom
mirror. You also need to make preparations for the dark days
ahead, which will affect every person on earth," the site says.
"There is a place of safety but like their unbelief in the
Sabbath, the world will not believe this message, neither will
they repent of their sins of murder, fornication, or theft. You
need to start training now in the ways of Yahweh."
Kenyan authorities have been closely watching sect members
to avoid a repeat of the aftermath of an unfulfilled prophecy
in Uganda when more than 900 members of the Movement for the
Restoration of the Ten Commandments were burned alive in 2000.
Police said they were worried that the bunkers could cave in
despite followers of the cult erecting supporting wooden
pillars in the six-by-ten foot bunkers. Underground water was
seeping into the hideouts which police said would weaken the
"Though there is freedom of worship in the country, our
fears are that the members could die not from the so-called
nuclear war but by the bunkers caving in," Dominic Karanja, a
senior police officer in the area, told reporters.
But the cult’s followers said it was Yahweh’s (Hebrew for
God) way of providing water for them.