By Fred Kiva
Last Friday, Joseph Kabuleta, a renowned sports journalist stunned Ugandans when he joined several worshipers to kiss Prophet Elvis Mbonye’s shoes.
Followers of Prophet Mbonye have been kissing his shoes for blessings he reportedly picked when he walked in heaven. Prophet Mbonye claims to have walked to heaven and even seen Jesus.
Although Kabuleta was just one of the many Ugandans that kissed Mbonye’s shoes, the journalist’s action has shocked many Ugandans, with some wondering how a man of his reasoning can kiss a fellow man’s shoes.
Kabuleta is one of the senior preachers in Prophet Mbonye’s Zoe ministries and a sports pundit on NBS TV’s Home & Away show.
In the various social media platforms, some referred to those kissing Mbonye’s shoes as ‘madness’ while encouraged police to pick interest in the prophet’s activities “to prevent a replica of the Kibwetere scenario.”
“@Ugandapolice, this is how Kibwetere started. You need to act fast. The nation needs you right now”, tweeted one Laurence Bahiirwa. Several Ugandans were burnt to death at the hands of a religious cult, led by Joseph Kibwetere in 2000.
Others blamed the Prophet for doing contrary to what Jesus did.
“Jesus was not kissed but he is the one who kissed. This is the opposite!” noted Kamugisha Vincent in another tweet.
Kabuleta Speaks out
But despite the despising comments, Kabuleta maintains there’s nothing special about him kissing the shoes of the man of God.
“After the 2016 general elections the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga went to a witchdoctor at a shrine but I didn’t see people making it much of an issue, why are people now excited about me kneeling for my prophet! There’s nothing special about it,” Kabuleta told this website by telephone.
Last year Kadaga went to Nhenda Hill in Busoga for a thanksgiving ceremony. Nhenda hill is found in Nakigo sub-county, Iganga district. Kadaga comes from the royal Baiseigaga clan, the biggest in Busoga, which is believed to have its roots at Nhenda Hill.
Asked whether he has received blessings by kissing Mbonye’s shoes Kabuleta said: “Whether I received blessings or not, that’s not an issue, Catholics always kneel down for the pope because of their faith in him, I can never kneel down for the pope because I don’t believe in him,” said Kabuleta.