The Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Major Gen. Kahinda Otafiire has lashed out at the leadership of the Catholic church for castigating him when he represented government at the controversial consecration of Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka late last year.
Otafiire said blaming his representation was un called for as nobody should undermine other people’s faith.
The minister made the statements at the thanksgiving ceremony organised by Presidential media advisor, Tamale Mirundi in which he dedicated his two children who had been conferred degrees at Makerere university.
“Attending Kibuuka’s consecration as a government representative wasn’t a crime since I was also just invited like any other person and there was no reason for the Christian community to castigate me,” he said.
Otafiire says as a senior politician and as a believer, he cannot be intimidated by anyone to act out of his understanding.
“In Uganda we have very many religions but sending the same message, therefore Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka having created his own doesn’t change him from believing in God. I can’t be intimidated by the way,” he said.
Applauding Joseph Tamale Mirundi for his open talk, he said the ruling NRM party deserves open minded people Like Tamale Mirundi if the destiny of the future for the longest serving party is to remain relevant.
He also attacked the alleged mafias in the government who are found of fighting open minded people.
“People don’t like being told the truth, we can’t be massaging issues here, NRM has thieves, hypocrites all in one party and having people like Tamale who says the truth somehow helps.”
Former Vice President Dr. Specioza Wandira Kazibwe also applauded the former press secretary to the president, Joseph Tamale Mirundi, for standing with her during the turmoil times when there were claims that she misappropriated billions of funds meant for the constructions of valley dams in the country
“The only person that stood with at the time Ugandans called me a thief was Tamale Mirundi who gave me shoulder to lean on and made me clear my name,” she said.
The two Children of Tamale; Dr. Tamale Gilbert Mirundi graduated with a bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery and Mariah Juliet Namuli with a bachelor’s in Industrial Psychology.