Sports journalist cum preacher Joseph Kabuleta aka Kabs has defended his decision to kiss the feet of city self-proclaimed Prophet Elvis Mbonye during a gala dinner held at Kololo independence grounds last Friday.
A former sports columnist in one of the local daily newspapers who turned preacher and now holds the position of gospel minister, Kabuleta says he wasn’t out of his mind.
“What we did was nothing special. We are not the first people to honour people who have spiritual authority and we are not going to be the last. It is not a new phenomenon.”
He said people bow down and kiss the ring of the Pope. “It was an expression of our hearts and what he (Mbonye) means to us.”
On Mbonye’s fancy lifestyle, Kabuleta said Range Rovers are there to be driven, wondering why not by a man of God?
“What are the specifications of people supposed to drive Range Rovers or live in good houses?” he wondered.
Why didn’t you attack Kadaga?
In his defence, Kabuleta doesn’t see why people made a big deal out of him kissing the shoes.
He reminded Ugandans that Speaker Rebecca Kadaga went to visit a shrine, no one attacked her for visiting a witchdoctor.
He said even world leaders go and bow to the Pope while greeting him. “For me, I don’t care about the Pope. I can’t bow for him. But I bow to Mbonye because I see God through him.”
“I know what God has done through Mbonye. He has the spiritual authority.”
Kabuleta reminded Ugandans that he trusts people who have been ordained by God to do his work on earth.
“Most of your leaders visit witch doctors. You should be worrying about that,” he advised Ugandans.
Kabuleta defends Mbonye
In an article titled “Can a nation be run on prophecy?” published by The Observer, Kabuleta said if Israel used the foreknowledge of a prophet to gain an advantage over her enemies, shouldn’t Uganda use the uncanny abilities of our own Prophet Elvis Mbonye?
The UPDF was heavily involved (officially or otherwise) in the civil wars that broke out in Burundi and South Sudan. However, several months before the guns were drawn, Mbonye had prophesied about both wars before an audience of hundreds, that later grew to thousands.
Could our soldiers have been better prepared for those events if they had taken the words of the prophet as more than just the rumblings of a preacher?
In an earlier incident, in 2012, Mbonye had clearly described what he supernaturally saw as UPDF choppers in flames en route to Somalia, a prophecy that was well publicized long before it unfolded, Kabuleta wrote.
That time, perhaps because of the seriousness of the matter, he even sent word to the army top brass cautioning them against sending choppers to Mogadishu. Predictably, his words were dismissed and, in August of that year, the consequences were on all front pages.
On the one hand are the thousands who follow Mbonye every week and are glad to see the prophecies come to pass. On the other are his vociferous critics who, having found no fault in the accuracy of his prophecies, have elected to direct their rage towards his ostensibly extravagant lifestyle.
But Prophet Mbonye can and should be much more than a splitter of opinion. The most powerful intelligence organizations in the world dedicate a fraction of their resources to training people in the use of ESP techniques and would be glad to have 30 per cent accuracy.
“In Uganda, we have a prophet with such credentials, whose precision in predicting local, national and world events has been proven over the years. It is about time the nation’s decision makers saw this extraordinary gift for what it actually is; an asset to this nation.”