SIR â€“ Some time ago, The New Vision reported the following prophecy from Pastor Kayanja. â€œThere are going to be five (presidential) candidates. Two will drop off, one will die and of the three who will remain the winner will get 61.8%.â€
First of all the arithmetic is a bit disturbing â€“ if you have five people and two drop off, you remain with three. If another one dies, you should remain with two but according to the above prophecy, you start with five, two drop off, one dies and you still have three remaining!
Only the good old pastor can explain that. Anyway, this letter is not about the arithmetic but the prophecy itself. We have had the elections. All the five candidates, thank God, made it to February 23 alive and I hope they will live for many years. None of them dropped off. Sebaggala, who had earlier dropped off, was a sixth candidate and is presumably not accounted for in Kayanjaâ€™s prophecy.
The final results are out and I have not seen the magic 61.8%. Will the dear pastor now explain what went wrong? Isnâ€™t it time we stopped this over familiarity with God?
SIR â€“ A lot has already been said about the prophecy of Pastor Robert Kayanja, both before and after the presidential polls. This, especially after the polls, I believe is from the fact that none of the presidential candidates died as the pastor had predicted in his prophecy.
Others have already branded him a false prophet who should apologise to the whole country and to the presidential candidates, who were supposedly tortured psychologically. Another person says he should be taken to the courts of law to answer (for whatever charges). I think the cries for the man of Godâ€™s head are uncalled for. Do we still remember the response that Pastor Kayanja wrote and was published in The New Vision?
Or have we already forgotten? I am sure we still remember but are pretending not to because of our desire to blame him for our weaknesses. We do not want to acknowledge that we have a prophet in our midst, which is surprising as well as familiar, since it first began in Jesusâ€™ days!
I could forget everything else in Kayanjaâ€™s missive but his call (and many other peopleâ€™s in their different letters) for prayer was one that I decided not to take lightly. I prayed (and I am not bragging that I did, in the same way that I cannot brag that I voted) and of course I understand my excitement that not a single presidential candidate died.
This spells victory for me and many other people who decided to heed that call to pray for our nation. It is certainly a victory for the man of God, although not many of us would say so; the majority imagine it is the contrary. By victory, I do not mean we are victors against God but that our petition to Him for mercy fell not on deaf ears but was duly heard and acted upon.
We should be grateful, instead of starting out at one anotherâ€™s throats. There are a couple of incidences in the Bible where prophecies predicting doom were averted after people prayed, most notably a sick King Hezekiah to whom the Prophet Isaiah had prophesied death. This is a good sign that God listens to prayer and that we can get back to the place of prayer and believe that God will answer.
Was prophecy a hoax or did God intervene?