Police arrest fugitive doomsday cult leader

KAMPALA, Uganda - Police arrested a cult leader who had been on the run for 10 months after at least 24 decomposed bodies were found buried in his camp, police said Wednesday.

Wilson Bushara, 41, fled in September when police raided his camp in Bokoto, 30 miles north of Kampala, and arrested 1,000 members of his World Message Last Warning cult.

Bushara was arrested Monday with 29 followers in Iganga, 80 miles east of Kampala, police spokesman Asuman Mugenyi said.

Police said they don't believe Bushara's group is linked to the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a Ugandan doomsday cult accused in the deaths of 778 members, 330 of whom were burned alive in a March fire at their compound.

Bushara began attracting crowds last year by offering them space in heaven after death in return for cash. Men were supposed to surrender their wives, and the wives declared themselves unmarried.

Mugenyi said Wednesday that Bushara likely will be charged with sexual abuse and managing unlawful assemblies.


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