The Miracle Center Born again Chief Pastor, Robert Kayanja, who lost it when he prophesied Dr Warren Kiiza Kifeefe Besigye’s death during campaigns, has opened another Pandora box. This time round, the controversial man of God has announced a political campaign which, he just disguised as a development drive.
The highly learned Pastor told a crowd of born again followers at Wampewo Stadium a fortnight ago, that he would, after decades, be returning home (Kasangati– Gayaza), to embark on a massive development plan for the area where he was born. What Pastor Kayanja told the crusade isn’t entirely true. Even though he could have managed to convince his flock about his mission in Gayaza, he wasn’t successful with the mighty Investigator.
Subsequently, we are piecing up this report to make known the authentic assignment taking the Pastor to Gayaza, contrary to what he told his flock. Kayanja has, frankly speaking, been consigned to counter Besigye’s anti-government fresh campaigns. This wouldn’t amaze anyone conversant with the political dealings of this Pastor.
The Born Again cleric in the past prophesized how a presidential aspirant was going to die before the close of the election campaigns. That prophecy was in respect of a candidate who was running against the pastor’s own candidate. Despite the fact that the pastor didn’t disclose the names of the candidate whose demise he was prophesying about, the public straightforwardly figured out whom he was. Kayanja`s own candidate had himself labeled Dr Besigye an invalid State House hopeful. He said why.
This was purportedly because, he had said, Besigye was carrying a deadly virus, to be specific, HIV. The accuser consequently went on to discourage Ugandans from electing Besigye as the president since, he alleged, State House isn’t a place for invalids. To put the record straight, there is absolutely no law in Uganda, and in any other country we know of, which bars HIV sufferers from standing for elective offices. In his new `development` drive, the Pastor is targeting Bobi Wine too, plushis army of radicalized youths. Even so, Bobi isn’t as highly on the Pastor’s radar as Besigye.
This is not to submit, even so, that Bobi isn’t being watched. He is. But the main target, so far, is Besigye. The question could be, why Bobi isn’t so much of a target!The NUP principal and his aides made a silent decision to boycott Besigye’s demos.Bobi isn’t, for that matter, being treated as a primary target in as far as Besigye’s demos are concerned. The NUP game readers are of the suspicion that Besigye is using the fresh demos to regain visibility at the expense of their Principle, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Bobi Wine.
We know what we are reporting about since we have been impeccably briefed by highly placed sources in the corridors of power and the intelligence, regarding the same. High on the agenda of the Pastor’s work roster, is the assignment of watering down Besigye’s high commodity prices demos. His `masters` are enthusiastic that by watering down Besigye’s perilous campaigns, the Pastor would make the messages less potent and hence unlikely to make people angry.
The above stance can be borne out by the fact that the Pastor chose to hold the Wampewo crusade days prior to Besigye’s demos. Not only is Wampeewo located in Kasangati town council, it also happens to be Besigye’s village. Just near Wampewo is Magere village, the home for another marked species. Bobi Wine is his name.Taking into consideration the proximity of Magere to Wampewo and Wampewo to Kasangati, any person with average IQ can figure out why it was chosen as the launching pad for the political war against its assumed hazardous residents.
During the crusade, the Pastor proudly showed off a number of youths. He called them out from the stands to the applause of the flock. Visibly high on drugs and alcohol, the young people, as per the Pastor, had abandoned the dangerous ghetto life for Christ. Looking lost and out of place, the young people were led on by the Pastor to chant praises for the Lord. Now this is striking. Majority of the young men arrived at the podium clad in fresh T-shirts. And so what? Please read on: –
The Bobi Factor
These T-shirts were printed in the yellow color. What about the color now? Continue reading. The jerseys bore the unmistakable ruling NRM party name. And so? To complete the picture, each one of the T-shirts, was bearing the portrait of the smiling President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni! For starters, Tibuhaburwa is the unshakeable chairman of the NRM ruling party. The old man’s garb can never be complete minus a cowboy hat. That hat is what separates Tibuhaburwa from the rest of the State House pretenders.
Yet, even the Tibuhaburwa appearing on all the T-shirts we are talking about, was spotting a cowboy hat too. Most importantly, the T-shirts were newer, as to suggest that they had been freshly organized for the wearers. That the Pastor stated that the converts emerged from the ghettos, is curious. For one, ghettos are identified with crime and lawlessness. For two, Bobi is the self-styled ghetto president. For three, Tibuhaburwa has gone on record as accusing Bobi of spoiling the ghetto youths. But how? Tibuhaburwa alleges, by encouraging them to consume drugs.
Four, in the heat of the 2021 presidential campaigns, the walls at the entrance to electoral commission main offices on Jinja road, were plastered with placards of Bobi smoking marijuana. In spite of the fact that the pictures were filmed some time back, those who exploited them sought to give the impression that Bobi is possibly still taking marijuana. The trick was to hold Bobi in bad light with the view to instigate the voters against him as a presidential candidate.
Small wonder, the pastor prearranged the youths who claimed to live in the ghettos and used them to depict their president in bad light. The overriding intention of doing this was possibly to decampaign Bobi well ahead of the 2026 presidential elections in which he is expected to feature again. In any case, the Pastor avoided inviting either Bobi or Besigye to the crusade. Yet the two are leaders in their own right in Kasangati.
The Pastor instead invited the RDC of Wakiso and the former MP, Sitenda Ssebalu. The reason for inviting them is simple. The two are ardent supporters of President Museveni and his party. Well, Besigye and Bobi are critics of the president and his regime. But they are members of the flock of God. His messenger on earth, consequently, ought to have invited them in that regard and spirit.
Going fast forward, ever since his 1999 fall-out with former boss and war comrade Gen Museveni, Besigye has been radicalizing Kasangati and its environs. As Museveni was still struggling to wrestle Kasangati and its environs from a weakening Besigye, alas, another dangerous substitute emerged. The young man would go on and escalate matters beyond the reach of Kaguta and even Besigye himself. Bobi Wine!
Such has been Besigye and Bobi’s radicalization of Kasangati and it’s environs that those places are, at the present, Kaguta’s political deserts. But looking to befriend Kasangati and its surroundings, Kaguta, in 2021, flooded the place with Emyoogacash. Besigye and Bobi’s radicalized people danced, ululated and clapped, as if to convince Kaguta, he had at long last, won them over.
They were lying. Besigye and Bobi had separately, in point of fact, conspired to tell their people to hoodwink Kaguta and reap emyooga for themselves. Yet Kaguta was impressed. He opened the emyooga taps. Besigye and Bobi’s people enjoyed themselves. But come the voting day, the beneficiaries woke up from the ‘omukkutto‘, and massively voted for a political rookie in Bobi Wine. Going back to the Wampewo crusade, the high cost of living has proved to be one of Museveni’s nightmares in the many years he has spent in power.
So much so that the candidate and his aides have been attempting to address this dilemma several times, but without any of them offering any useful solution. Smelling a big opportunity to make a political comeback, the hitherto faded Besigye quickly made a decision to milk this dilemma for all the political capital that it can offer.Looking not to waste much time, Kifeefe quickly dressed up in his blue-striped-hooded demo gear.
He jumped into his demo-hardened Land cruiser truck in order to confuse security as if he was driving to the city. Only to sneak into downtown Kisseka market and start on his demo. But the man of Kasangati was not only arrested shortly after. Hewas also charged and unprecedentedly granted a UGX30m cash bail. We have been briefed that apart from using the Pastor to undercut Besigye and Bobi, the State has also directed courts to hike bail fees for the young people joining Besigye’s demos.
This pastor has been detailed to camp in Besigye and Bobi’s political courtyard as and when necessary for purposes of dispelling the poverty campaigns. They invoked the suave and somewhat regarded pastor alive to the fact that Bobi Wine and Besigye have in the past used the poor youths’ campaign to gain loads of political capital.
For that case, the Pastor has been detailed to preach about poverty since Besigye is also looking to exploit the prevailing high commodity prices to arouse public anger. Museveni’s regime has been blamed for deliberately rendering Ugandans, notably the young people, poor. Critics base this charge on the regime’s poor economic policies coupled with widespread unemployment. The critics assert that the bloated and inefficient administration, endemic corruption and financial wastage, have only served to make the already bad case worse. For that matter, the Born Again priest has chosen poverty as the main theme of his pastoral sermon.
He deflected at length, the blame being pointed at the regime in regards to the biting poverty and unemployment among the youth.
He did so by accusing the poor youth themselves of laziness, lack of innovation and extravagance. “The youth are crying about poverty yet they are holding smart phones costing UGX1m,” the Pastor stated. He said that, seeking to make the case that the youth are poor because of their own choice for extravagance.
He thus preached stinginess among the youth. Yet Pastor Kayanja is one of the most renowned extravagant priests in Uganda and the region. Stating the fact that Kasangati and Gayaza are surrounded by urban areas, the Pastor wondered why the youths aren’t tapping into such a huge market by supplying it with agricultural produce instead of waiting for the government to give them jobs. Well, the pastor is spot-on, if at all, he cared to find out if the youths have land on which to grow the produce.
But now that the prodigal son is returning to his birth place, we hope and pray he would use his local and international connections to help the youth find the land on which to grow crops he wants them to supply to the urban areas. We also hope and pray that he will also remember to upgrade Kadongo Primary school in Gayaza, to the standards worthy of his standing as an Old Boy.
- Mr. Stephen Kasozi Muwambi is a seasoned crime investigative writer, majoring in judicial-based stories. His two decades’ experience as a senior investigative journalist has made him one of the best to reckon on in Uganda. He can also be reached via [email protected]
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