THE ETHICS OF HIV/AIDS AND THE RISE OF AN APOCALYPTIC MARIOLOGIST MOVEMENT FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Emmanuel K. Twesigye, S. Aden, Mollie Wollam Benedicts

Abstract


This article offers an assessment of the significance of The Movement for the
Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God (MRTCG) in Uganda. It describes how
the MRTCG leaders proposed celibacy and physical withdrawal from the supposed
“corrupt, evil and damned world,” and urged their followers to wait for God to destroy
the world and to save them through the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tragically, when their
apocalyptic prophecies failed to materialize, the MRTCG leaders ritually killed
hundreds of their followers in 2000 hoping to save them and through martyrdom, to
deliver them directly to God in heaven. It suggests that this movement has to be
understood within the context of the rise of HIV/Aids pandemic in Uganda. It describes
the socio-economic, cultural, medical and political factors prevailing in Uganda (1981-
2000) and shows how the MRTCG responded to such circumstances. The final section
sketches some of the subsequent developments concerning the fight against HIV/Aids in
Uganda.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/89-0-1030

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