Jinja cleric counsels politicians against elections violence


Rev Nelson Chimbila.


Jinja—18 September 2020: A renowned Pentecostal Pastor Rev Nelson Chimbila has urged the leaders of various political parties to prevail over their supporters to minimize cases of violence and conflicts that are putting the country into tension.

Rev Chimbila, who heads Teen Missions Uganda, a church-based Christian organization that trains and molds young people into leadership, notes with concern that the ongoing election activities are showing bad signs ahead of 2021 general elections.

Teen Missions Uganda is part of Teen Missions International, an interdenominational Christian mission organization specializing in running short-term mission trips for youth, teenagers and adult participation.

The organization with chapters in many countries was started by Robert M Bland, Bernie Bland, Gayle Will and Jim Persons in 1970 in Ohio State, United States of America before shifting to Florida.

Rev Chimbila’s comments follow recent incidences among the various political players conducting primary elections which have been characterized by violence with loss of lives in some places.

The country was in total shock when a State minister (Labour) Mwesigwa Rukutana was arrested and arraigned in court where he was charged with attempted murder, assault and malicious damages, among other allegations before being remanded to the prison and later getting a court bail.

Rukutana who is also the incumbent MP for Rushenyi County has faced a stiff competition from Naome Kabasharira for the NRM flag, which has led to a stalemate on who has obtained more votes.

Rev Chimbila observes that some leaders are also culprits who incite the public into criminal activities, making it practically impossible to counsel their followers who take them as role models.

With reference to Uganda’s Motto of For God and My Country, the Man of God regrets that even some so-called born-again politicians are behaving as if they have never heard or read the scriptures.

“…for heaven’s sake why inflict physical violence on any person who is created in the image of God, no matter the anger and provocation just because you want to win…’, he said in a rhetoric tone.

Saying there is life beyond elections and politics, the 49-year evangelist and trainer implores supporters against acts that will not only endanger their lives but also disrupt the current peace being enjoyed by citizens.

Rev Chimbila is also appealing to religious leaders to offer prayers and spiritual guidance to the politicians who are believers of the scriptures, which should be the basis of everything.


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