Sserulanda Spiritual Foundation Gets New Leader Top story

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Ssendagirwa Bbalansimo Omulandasibo Jonta, as known among his followers was named the new guardian for the cult-like spiritual movement which was founded in 1975 in Kabira Sub County, Kyotera district. He replaces Bambi Baaba Baabuwe Mugonza who died in July last year.

 The Sserulanda Spiritual Foundation has chosen a new leader.

Ssendagirwa Bbalansimo Omulandasibo Jonta, as known among his followers was named the new guardian for the cult-like spiritual movement which was founded in 1975 in Kabira Sub County, Kyotera district. He replaces Bambi Baaba Baabuwe Mugonza who died in July last year.

Tinto Bwankembo, the foundation's spokesperson says preparations are underway to officially enthrone Ssendagirwa as their second spiritual leader, as suggested by Bambi Baaba in his death will.

Bwankembo says besides working towards accomplishing the foundation's unfinished development projects, their new leader is also charged with attracting more followers into the movement.

URN has established that Ssendagirwa is a biological son to the late Bambi Baaba. He currently lives in the United States of America where he is serving in the army under their National Service Scheme.

Sserulanda Spiritual foundation was founded as a movement that espouses strange religious philosophies that combine Buddhist, Hindu, traditional Bachwezi practices of worship.

Their other rituals include believing in spiritual healing and use of herbs and preserving of dead bodies that are later stored a secluded mausoleum.
 
The foundation was started in an underground cave in Ssesasamirembe, Rakai district and its teachings focus on how people can meditate under the sea and spiritualism based on invisible angles.

The foundation extols its leader as a living saint who is also considered to be a "god in human form" and wields immense powers over his followers and other earthly things.

The followers are taken through different stages of initiation during which they are also made to drop religious names for traditional ones and to believe in common ownership on assets.

However, following the rising public outrage over the strange practices of this spiritual movement, in 2008 president Yoweri Museveni instituted a commission led by Professor Nelson Ssewankambo, to inquire into the operations of Sserulanda spiritual foundation.

After listening to several witnesses from the spectrum, the committee faulted the spiritual foundation and its leaders of systematic manipulation and hoodwinking of its followers into surrendering their wealth, abuse of human rights including initiation of underage girls into marriage and stopping followers from attaining education and seeking healthcare; thereby recommending that it is disbanded.

But Doctor Bhuka Bijumiro-Jumiro, the foundation General Secretary says the inquiry recommendation was biased by selfish individuals that envy them and their future prospects, adding that they explained their fate to the state and cleared them.

Sserulanda Spiritual foundation sits on a radius of 200 square miles of land stretching from Kabira, Kakuuto and Kagamba sub-counties in both Rakai and Kyotera district. Their records indicate that they apparently have close 20,000 followers in Uganda and outside countries like US, China, India, Tanzania among others.

But Pastor Solomon Male, of arising for Christ, who was among the witnesses that testified against the foundation before the commission of inquiry fears that Sserulanda is risky religious cult that should not allowed to operate in the country.