First let’s get a few things clear.
I know, and many people know that a number of people have claimed that Pastor Kayanja has engaged in gay sexual activity over many years. It has also been claimed that Pastor Kiweweesi of Kansanga fame has been witnessed with young men whose relationship with him remained as mysterious as the reason he threw a wedding in a 40,000 seater stadium (and failed to get even a 10th of the seating capacity to attend) when a more modest venue would also have done very well.
AfroGay has heard regularly [read a friend of a friend of a friend] that homosexual activity is rife in Pastoral circles. I heard about Pastor Kiwewesi’s homosexual exploits as far back as six years ago but, not one to mind other people’s business, generally ignored the rumors. Earlier than that, though, a friend of a friend of a friend (you catch my drift) described an encounter he claimed at the time to have witnessed in London between Pastor Kayanja and a rather good looking and flamboyantly gay Ugandan young man which the friend of a friend of a friend swore on a dirty and chipped axe had been sexual. Again, I chose to mind my own business and took in the rather juicy story with a pinch of salt.
Now, The Monitor and New Vision have waded into the controversy and my mind has gone back to all those years ago. Boys are crawling out of the woodwork to regale gleeful listeners about their sordid encounters with influential pastors and, predictably, the damage limitation has gone into overdrive. By coincidence, no doubt, Pastor Kayanja has offered huge sums of money to renovate the police post at which some of the allegations against him were filed. Nice work if you have the money to be so charitable to a specific police post.
As with the allegations against Father Musaala by Georgina Oundo, I have never been a fly on the wall in any of these people’s dark rooms but it is certainly interesting that Kayanja should single out Old Kampala police post for his newly found philanthropy at a time when that police post is in charge of the case that has been leveled against him. Poor Father Musaala of course had no money to donate to the Red Pepper or Martin Ssempa (Ssempa gets so much money from US based backers that the Vatican bank would have to be brought into the fray to make any kind of financial impression on him) so he was out on a limb when a desperate Georgina started squealing his guts like a canary. And with just Georgina’s word against a man on the back foot, the damage done to Father Musaala is likely incalculable.
What all this says very clearly is that money talks. Kayanja has opted to throw money at his problem and if the response from the police is anything to go by, his strategy is working. Pastor Kiwewesi did the same, turning the tables on the man who accused him of buggery (Why is it always buggery? Couldn’t these guys just say that he eyed them amorously, made love to them or caressed them lovingly as they were dressing up in the vestry?) and accusing him of theft and all sorts of other underhanded things. In that case, too, the police chose to believe Kiweweesi’s version rather than the man claiming to have been buggered on many occasions by the good pastor.
Like with Father Musaala, it is all rumors. But these pastors have deep pockets as well as influential friends which is why they are sitting pretty and the police is doing the apologizing on their behalf. Pastor Kayanja has the First Lady of Uganda, Janet Museveni, eating out of the palm of his hands and it is rumored that she spoke to the people who mattered when truck-loads of smuggled wine were intercepted twice within a space of 12 months at his palatial lakeside mansion and the charges were fudged and eventually dropped without an investigation, and instead a lowly security guard was accused of masterminding the multi-million smuggling operations.
But since it is rumors that have essentially turned Father Musaala into a fugitive, AfroGay feels free to indulge in some rumor mongering of his own. I once heard from a rather dispassionate voice (someone who had no reason to lie) that a fellow pastor had once walked in on Pastor Kiwewesi [not that it is relevant to the discussion but the name Kiweweesi crudely translates into 'the act of amorous petting' in English] in flagrante delicto with a young man. The shocked pastor bolted out of the vestry but decided to wait in the the Church to confirm whether his eyes had played tricks on him. The figure who emerged from the vestry was indeed a [now fully dressed] young man who proceeded to beat a hasty exit. Pastor Kiwewesi [also now fully clothed] followed soon after. That is not the only story of Kiweweesi’s gay exploits that AfroGay has heard about from sources that will remain unnamed but, as the Timex song goes … this is only rumors.
And since it is rumors that have essentially put Father Musaala on the defensive, to the level where his entire body of work could be destroyed by uncorroborated gossip, AfroGay feels it fair to continue indulging in a little more tattle telling of his own. The confidante who related the encounter in London with Pastor Kayanja sometimes embellishes stories in the telling. But his description of being pursued and eventually being had by Pastor Kayanja had such a ring of truth to it that one cannot help but wonder. For one, Pastor Kayanja kept on frantically calling this young man, and the young man knew rather intimate details of Kayanja’s brief itinerary in London, including where he was staying, how long, what his free time was and so on. Secondly, there was no other obvious reason why Kayanja would want to hang out with this young man since they didn’t seem to have anything else in common. So, while I still treat the narrative about Kayanja’s gay exploits with this fellow in London with a pinch of salt, there is enough circumstantial evidence to make it plausible that the two had moments of passionate embrace that was more than just Christian fellowship.
But … it is all rumors. And perhaps it is not a bad time to pass around excerpts of the lyrics to Timex’s Rumors:
How do rumors get started? They are started by the jealous people and they get mad about somthin’they had, and somebody else is holdin’/They tell me that temptation is very hard to resist/ …
You can check out the rest of the song here.