A picture of a believer mistaking city self-proclaimed Prophet Elvis Mbonye’s feet has evoked bitter proclamations from sections of Ugandans.
Forget the posh Range Rover valued at Shs650m, BMWs or Range Rovers of 2016 model, and performing miracles, Prophet Mbonye has now elevated himself to status of God’s son-Jesus Christ.
He once disclosed on a live television show that he had a one-on-one chat with God.
His flock loves him as much and of recent, they advised that the pastor instead buys a private jet-and they are ready to contribute.
Well, at his grand gala dinner held on September 1, 2017 at Kololo Independence grounds, Mbonye had believers think he is a new Jesus, upon which they kissed his feet to receive eternal blessings.
They were made to part with Shs1m just to secure a “holy chair” on top of tickets that cost Shs1m platinum; Shs750,000 gold; Shs500,000 silver and Shs300,000 bronze.
Sisimuka founder and activist, Frank Gashumba, wondered whether Africans are naturally stupid or simply naive.
He said someone [like Mbonye] baptises himself a title as a prophet and people start worshipping him. Someone must investigate this kind of stupidity and foolishness. It’s only in Africa where people still think that prayers will change their lives, Gashumba lashed out.
“Foolish Christians who are believers not thinkers you lie to them and they believe it. You know the elites of today are the easiest people to be deceived. Stupidly they call these “pastors,” “prophets” men of god so to them its pastors and prophets who are men of god and believers, men and women belong to Satan” if at all Satan exists.”
Gashumba said when believers go to their churches their brains freeze. These commercial buildings sorry “churches” are full of falsehoods, doctored miracles, organised crime.
“These fake prophets have convinced people that without work, miracles will transform their lives. Hopeless,” the activist fumed.
He said, believers nowadays don’t go to church to praise but to get miracles and mainly it happens in Africa.
“If morning glory prayers, lunch hour prayers, night prayers were to transform Africa, it would be like japan, South Korea or Dubai.”
He added: “Churches are full everyday Monday to Sunday but no serious innovation has ever come out of Africa. It’s only diseases, hunger, poverty etc that are on increase.”
According to him, prayer is not in the success equation, innovation and strategic planning is the way to go.
He said false prophets collect billions every year, “they don’t pay taxes, to me these churches are like concerts of Ugandan artists so Uganda Revenue Authority [URA] must create a booth at every church.”
“These people loot from the poorest to the richest in the name of Jesus. Surprisingly, ignorant stupid Africans call them men of god.”