From our man in Mauche, Kenya – Followers of a U.S.-based religious sect which predicted the world would end after an outbreak of nuclear war on Teusday moved into bunkers on Wednesday despite the failure of their prediction.
Members of the “House of Yahweh” – dressed in gas masks, gloves and long overcoats (not gas proof, just long coats) – have built a complex network of caves and tunnels in the mountains outside of Mauche.
According to reports, they have laid aside stocks of dried fermented flour which they intend to feed on for fully a year, by which point the balance of the population will have been obliterated.
“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 andonly 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 http://www.yahweh.com, the group was founded in Abilene, Texas (where else?). Championing a series of beliefs and prophecies which Warren Steed Jeffes and L. Ron Hubbard would be proud of, the website promises full-on Armeggedon in response to the sins of the world.
“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.
While it is to be understood that the American adherents, whose number is unspecified, will be subject to special protection from God via miraculous intervention, no such grace will be afforded to the third world congregants.
Kenyan authorities have been closely watching sect members to avoid a repeat of the aftermath of an unfulfilled prophecy in Uganda.
On that occassion more than 900 members of the “Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments” were burned alive.
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 structures.
“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 God’s way of providing water for them. Which was nice of Him.