Opinion: Otafiire is the blind leading the blind….

It is a shame for Pentecostal Church ministers calling yourselves bishops and other names when a big group of your followers are in poverty. I hear that even pastors stop people from going to hospitals, which is so bad because science works together with God” (…) “If you are a leader, in a country like Uganda that has all the natural resources and still people cannot afford to have three meals a day, it means there is a big problem, but to my surprise, some of you are proud because you are leading people who are even infected with jiggers” (…) “Let people worship their own God so long as they follow the laws. Stop internal fights because for us who are not frequent church goers, we have failed to understand what to follow. When you are involved in wars even with other religions, this will not only affect you, but also the development of this great nation” – Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire (Milton Bandiho – ‘Otafiire: Pentecostal churches keeping the faithful poorer’ 17.05.2022, Daily Monitor).

It is really strange that a Minister and Maj. Gen. who has gone through the ranks and had a life-long career in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) to say this in 2022. The man has been a commander and a minister over the last few decades. Heck, his been a Member of Parliament for much of it too. Maj. Gen. Otafiire has been a high ranking official and been appointed to offices of importance for years.

Otafiire is one of the reason why the state isn’t moving forward or getting better. It is his government and the policies his promoting on a daily basis, which is a reason for continued poverty. Yes, the pastors, the leaders of church and clerics should be worried and not only be pastrepreneurs. They should teach the gospel and also help their communities. Not only collecting tithes or donations from their congregations, but use those money to help the ones in need and have projects in the community they are a part of, which plenty of churches does. Therefore, Otafiire should know about that and look into his own acts.

Because, he spoke about this to pastors, priests and the likes. I will take a passage from the book of Luke, which seems fitting for the current state of mind of Maj. Gen. Otafiire.

The Bible says:

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (The Bible – New International Version, Luke 6: 37-42).

Why do I use this scripture today? Well, Otafiire is judging the pastors and priests with contempt. His judging their actions, but his forgetting his own role in it all. To make matters worse is that he could have ensured that there wouldn’t be any poverty or lesser extent himself. For years in office and as a high ranking official he could have forwarded policies, budget posts and whatnot to make a difference.

We only knows that the NRM produces wasteful and lack-of-accountability get-rich-quick-schemes which goes nowhere and only enriches the men on the top. The elites are eating and the poor are starving. That’s how the NRM is operating… while promising to secure people’s future and steady progress. However, nothing ceases to move and no real advances is in the republic. Development projects are stalled, made for wrong purposes or cash-cows for the developers. While the farmers, the added value projects aren’t living up to it’s promises. That’s why him telling this to the pastors, priests and clerics is a bit out of touch.

Otafiire can say and speak ill of the leadership of the churches, that they are taking advantage and being greedy. Some might are using their congregations and churchgoers as a means-to-an-end. However, the same is what the state does to every single citizen. As the state is using the citizens and their poverty to get grants, loans and development funds to cover it’s shortfalls in its bloated budgets.

Otafiire should be concerned how the government he has been a part of much of his life haven’t helped the poor or given them a chance to get out of it. The Maj. Gen. should be shocked that with all this time and opportunities the state haven’t been capable or fixed the policies to ensure a better tomorrow. Nevertheless, that has never happened and with the NRM at the helm… it never will be.

That is why these lectures from Otafiire is insulting. As he has sit by the side of the throne for decades. He has been eating, entitled and enriched himself. Otafiire and the likes are enjoying all the perks of life and can easily access health-care services abroad. While the likes he speaks too cannot even afford Panadol to cure headaches. Therefore, he should ask himself what he could do and what sort of office he serves. As he has power and influence to make a difference, but he chooses not too. Peace.

Opinion: Otafiire, the Movement is a reflection of its head [and not its origin]

“The NRM of 1986 and the NRM now are not the same. If the two were to meet, they wouldn’t recognize each other. There are many things that as pioneers we believed in an held dear but have now changed”Kahinda Otafiire (23rd September 2021).

Some bush-war generals like Otafiire never learns or acts ignorant. It is hard to know of the boosting of ego is sincere or not. However, it is still done on public display and his has no nerve speaking about it.

It is just like we don’t know the history of National Resistance Movement (NRM). How it changed from the moment it got power and how people started to eat. It was not like the NRM have always followed its core principals. The NRM have gone far from them and never been truly honest.

The bush-war general can act like it was a holy and well-organized outfit, which kept its norms and ideals close to its chest. When we all know the greed, the misuse and the total consolidation of power. Which was the main objective in the end and to solidify Museveni’s reign. Therefore, the Movement from one point to another is very futile.

The 10-point program is the proof of the mismanaged priorities and lack of concern for governing. It has been more important to rule, than to deliver policies or government services. That’s why NGOs and UN Organizations still cover the basics and functions of the state. Since, the Movement is more preoccupied with eating.

Otafiire can act a fool. He can act like the NRM isn’t a body built for one man and his mind. It was the vehicle to get Museveni in office and keep him there. The NRA was the means to an end and all excuses to exhaust that was striking. That’s why the government is so self-centred around him and his the personification of the stat.

Not because the NRM is great, but because Museveni is directly involved in every aspect of the state. He orders, directs and decrees everything from road-tenders to who is fit to be a judge. There is no middle ground and everyone is his puppets.

That’s why you know the likes of Otafiire wants the legacy of the party to be different. He wants it to be noble and grand. However, that is a lie and that’s partly because of the reflection of Yoweri himself.

The bush-war general should maybe know better. The pioneers who is still there know the gist and the deception. That’s why they are still around and know Museveni is the reason why they are still relevant. Not because the NRM is a outfit worth mentioning or has the ability to make a difference. No, they are there because the pay-off is promised from the most high.

We can act like it is different, but it isn’t and it’s a tiresome lie.

Otafiire is however right about one thing yesterday: “Those of us in leadership have allowed these things to happen but soon the NRM will be like KANU in Kenya. When a party lacks ideological grounding, it is like a house built on sand that is soon swept away by water. When we came from the bush where our thinking was ideologically homogenous but it seems the thinking changed. We will soon end up like KANU, Mobutu’s MPR and the United Independence Party of Zambia” (Otafiire, 23.09.2021).

NRM will be irrelevant and die out when Museveni isn’t there anymore. Because it was his vehicle and when his time is up. Then nobody wants to associate or stand by the relic of the past. It will be a dead briefcase party. It will only family and relatives of Museveni wants to revive it. Since it is from the heyday of the mighty himself.

Museveni is NRM and NRM is Museveni. That’s because it’s built on him and his image. There is no NRM without Museveni. There will not be a NRM without him either. That will die, because the roots and the remains are empty. We can act indifference about that, but the truth is still that. Peace.

Opinion: Will Kahinda Otafiire be elected this time? [Or will he loose to a “jailbird” again?]

Back in the day in the year of 2015 there was this National Resistance Movement Primaries ahead of the General Elections in 2016. However in the constituency of Ruhinda, the NRM Members elected Captain Mugabe Dononzio Kahonda. They elected him over the NRA historical and Museveni loyalist , Major General Kahinda Otafiire.

As the times went on and the loyalist couldn’t stand as a candidate for the ruling party. He decided to run as an Independent Candidate, as he had already lost the primaries. During the Primaries the Captain was behind bars. Which says a lot about how the Ruhinda County looks at Otafiire at that point.

Right before the General Election in early February 2016, Otafiire and his campaign team tried to bribe the Captain to step down from his candidacy. So that he could win a walkover by paying him 500m shillings to back-down. However, the captain and his team didn’t agree to do that and exposed the tape of the call from Otafiire instead.

In the General Election, again the NRM Flag-Bearer was behind bars. Still, the honourable Minister and big-man of the ages Otafiire couldn’t win over Kahonda. That is how much people wants to support someone else.

In 2017 the embattled captain was again arrested with new charges. This time forgery and fraud. However, those cases haven’t been resolved nor followed through. The state just pinned this on the man as his a clear enemy of Otafiire. The man who has run the Ministry of Justice for years during the reign of Museveni.

Now in 2020. The Poster for Kahinda Otafiire the upcoming campaigns and will to stand again as the MP for Ruhinda County. It has been released this week, at least on social media. This shows that the man who couldn’t get the popularity within his own party. The man who couldn’t beat a jailbird and someone who was practically unknown. Still could beat him two times within two years. That he intends to stand again.

Otafiire still have to beat the incumbent MP Captain Kahonda. It is proven that he doesn’t have a popular standing in the county or in his home district. If he did, then he would have beaten him in the General Election too. Not only lost in the inner-party race in the primaries. He lost them both to the same man. That says it all.

Therefore, his blind ambition to try again in 2020 and in 2021 after the utter disgraceful failure of last time is beyond me. As long as the President is in Office he will offer him a noble position and get the envelopes to live the high life. The NRA historical don’t need to work for it and he just get it anyway. The loyalty to the NRM and the President is what feeds him.

This is well known and this man shouldn’t be concerned with campaigning or even trying to get elected. The public has already shunned him. I’m sure there are other big-men like Otafiire who thinks they are entitled to be in Parliament. However, that is not the case. That is why he cannot rig his own county and the will of the public there.

He still have to beat the same captain for the candidacy and for the possibility to be an MP in the 11th Parliament. These stories is the sort you cannot make up, but is sadly true. The indifference and the arrogance is strong with this one.

Otafiire should know better, but who are we kidding, right? Peace.

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