I Practiced Witchcraft to Save the Liberation Struggle – Museveni

President Museveni arrives with Kenyan Vice President William Ruto at the National Prayers at Hotel Africana

The Constitutional Court did not annul the election of legislators representing special interest groups in the 9th Parliament, remedy the Deputy Attorney General, approved Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana has clarified.

“It is not true that the Constitutional Court ruled that MPs for army, youth and workers are in Parliament illegally. The ruling does not affect existing MPs,” said Hon. Rukutana.

The Attorney General was responding to a concern raised by Hon. Milton Muwuma (NRM, Kigulu South), about Tuesday’s ruling in which the Constitutional Court declared as unconstitutional the laws used for the election of the army, youth and workers MPs. The ruling does not affect representatives of Persons With Disabilities.

Following the Court decision, media reports had suggested that the current MPs representing the army, youth and workers immediately lose and vacate their seats.

The Attorney General said that the Constitutional Court did not declare or order that the 2011 elections for special interest groups stand annulled, or that the effected representatives’ seats stand vacant.

Hon. Rukutana said, “Court made orders on the constitutionality of the laws for their elections.”

He said that government was dissatisfied with the Court’s ruling and was examining it with a view of appealing to a higher court. He said government had already filed its notice of appeal and will ask for a stay of execution of the ruling of the Constitutional Court.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, said Court had granted an injunction against the respondents who included the Electoral Commission using the current laws to carry out future elections for the army, youth and workers.

“There is no order directing sitting MPs (for special interest groups) to vacate their seats,” said Rt. Hon, Oulanyah.

He also said that Court’s ruling does not affect internal processes by political parties intending to field candidates for the said positions in next year’s elections.
President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday morning thrilled religious leaders and government officials, cost when he revealed that he at one point was compelled to practice witchcraft to save the 1980s liberation struggle that brought his government to power.

Museveni said that as a leader, cialis 40mg he needed to strike a balance and unify his army which was sharply torn between religion and tradition.

Speaking at the annual national prayers held on the eve of the country’s Independence Day Celebrations at Hotel Africana; Museveni recalled one incident when he was asked to make a ritual sacrifice to save the liberation struggle.

“A priest came to me once and said, do you know why the war has taken so long? It’s because Obote cursed it. He told me that Obote murdered a woman and buried her upside down and that they had to perform a ritual on me, which I agreed to. They then slaughtered a chicken, and as the head of the Resistance, I had to jump over it three times,” Museveni told the bemused house.

“The priest then told me that now that I had completed the ritual, I would be able to capture Kampala, even with one riffle. I told him no, no, no, you tell your ancestors to leave the fighting matters to me.”

“That’s how I was able to unite my people. Mwalimu Nyerere once told us that if you are a leader and you run too far ahead, you might turn the corner and your followers won’t be able to locate you.”

At the national prayers, which were also attended by Kenyan Vice President William Ruto, Museveni stressed that traditional religion is still of great importance and should not be overlooked in the quest for national unity and progress.

Museveni urged the Religious leaders in attendance to focus not on prayers by good deeds

Museveni urged the Religious leaders in attendance to focus not on prayers alone but good deeds

He noted, “I was in my early 30s when I led the Resistance, but I was able to judge that if I took only the route of Christianity, It would not get us anywhere,” he said.

“Religion is very critical, especially in the Ankole region; I once told you that my mother was an extremist. But again, the overwhelming majority believes in tradition. Yes they are in the church during the morning but in the evening they go back to the traditional religion.”

“If we didn’t have clearheaded leadership, our struggle could have degenerated into Lakwenaism.

(Alice Lakwena was an Acholi spirit-medium who led a rebellion against Museveni’s URA forces, purportedly channeling the spirit of a dead army officer called “Lakwena”, which the Acholi believe to be a manifestation of the Christian Holy Spirit).

Museveni urged the Christian leaders that instead of concentrating on endless prayers, they should focus on good deeds; which he said would make even more converts.

“I see most of you praying all night and shouting on top of your voices like God is deaf. But what I would suggest is that you let your light shine, so that they may see your good deeds and exalt your Father who is in heaven,” Museveni said.

To drive this home, Museveni told the meeting of one of his top Chairmen in the Luweero Triangle who he recently saved from an illness which he wrongly thought was caused by witchcraft.

“I found this Chairman with a swollen leg, and when I asked him he said he had been bewitched; that he had jumped ettalo.

But on consulting my doctor, he told me it was a condition called cellulitis. I treated him and he was healed. I was able to save him from his ignorance.”



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