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The story of a Kenyan Bishop who predicted Barack Obama election victory

Posted by African Press International on November 25, 2008

  • By Leo Odera Omolo

To many readers, this story could sound like a fiction, but it is indeed a true report about a Kenyan priest who accurately and precisely prophesied the election victory of the US President-elect two years ago.

Bishop, Dr. Washington Ogonyo Ngede, the head of the powerful church in Kenya made the prediction in August 2006 when the former Illinois Senator visited Kenya. Few people believed him as the time, and even some of his foes described him as a man of seized by pipe dream.

And while addressing a huge congregation outside his ultra-modern Church, located near Nyalenda peri-urban area on the main Kisumu-Nairobi road one afternoon, Bishop Ngede told his audience to the disbelief of many, that he had a dream for them. He had said that God has whispered to him that the then youthful US Senator with the Kenyan family background is destined for much bigger things..

The Bishop earned the wrath of his foes who maintained that his predictions were mere wishful thinking and that an African-American citizen stands no chance of clinching the US presidency in the near future. But the Bishop his ground repeating the same message in his weekly sermons in the church and before huge crowds usually gathering for his open-air crusades.

The prediction came only a few days after Senator Barrack Obama jnr had visited Kisumu City where be and his wife Michelle Obama had gone for an HIV/Aids test and made an extensive tour of his Alego-Kogelo ancestral home. The Bishop was one of the members of the Obama Local Welcome committee.

On the eve of November 3rd and 4th, Bishop Ngede led a team of close to ten Bishops, priests, pastors and clergymen from all denominations of churches who converged at the Kogelo Village home of Mama Sarah Obama, the US President-elect step grand mother and kept night prayers vigil for two consecutive nights until the results of the US Presidential race were announced resulting in Barrack Obama Jnr resounding victory over his rival Sen John MCain.

Highly respected and credited for his spiritual healings, the soft-spoken Kenyan priest said he was looking for funds to enable him and a large number of Kenyan archbishops, bishops, priests and pastors to charter a plane load full of eminent people and high priests from Kenya to attend Obama’s installation ceremony in Washington on January 20,2009.

The Kenyan Bishop had also predicted the election victory of Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga in the highly disputed presidential election results, which resulted in Kenya being engulfed in fire. Following post-election violence between January and March this year. The Bishop still maintains that Raila had won the presidential race against the incumbent President Mwai Kibaki with landslide majority of close to one million votes. But the Prime Minister’s was deliberately robbed of what the Bishop terms as his God’s given victory due to hidden satanic powers of corruption.

He told this writer that his Church headquarters in Kisumu that he was a happy man because all his dreams have come true. He also said that he was very happy that Kenya was now peaceful following the formation of a grand coalition government between the Kibaki’s PNU and Raila Odinga’s ODM parties.

The Bishop predicted that the grand coalition would last until the next election in 2012 despite of some teething problems. We are praying to our Almighty God to bring peace and tranquility and to help our nation heals from the brink of bloody tribal clashes.

Bishop Ngede’s message was that Kenyan politicians should consider themselves a true nationalist and stop preaching destructive parochial and ethnic gospel of hatred. Kenya, he added, is a land of plenty. There is sufficient room for every Kenyan to work hard and prosper. If Kenyans turns to a God-fearing society, which is devoid of political marginalization of those conceived to be political foes. Let our leaders work together. They bshould talks less and work harder; he added.

Born in 1942 at Kawese village in Mayanye sub-location, East Kolwa, Location East Kisumu district, Bishop Ngede took his early education at Kadiju Primary School. He later moved to Rabuor Secondary School.

He joined the then Lonrho East Africa at its subsidiary of Westland Motors as a motor vehicle mechanic and was briefly trained in Tokyo, Japan on how to handle Toyota vehicles. Upon his return he was promoted to supervisory and later joined the management of the same firm.

He and other faithful founded the Power of Jesus Around the world Church in 1964. This is the largest indigenous church with well over 1400 fully paid pastors spread all over East Africa. The church has grown threefold ever since its inception in 1962 attracting thousands of followers in Nyanza and all other parts of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and even to a far field as the DRC Congo

He was made a full church minister in 1977 after a series of training in theology in the US and Canada. He also attended an advance course at the Advance School of Ministry in Sandiego, Califonia He later underwent further studies at Victory BIBLE college International, Canada and later at the Jackson Ville Theology Seminary in Florida, USA.

In April 1995, Bishop Ngede and his other colleague defused what was considered as a volatile and fluid situation pitting the government of the then President Daniel Arap Moi and members of the radical Luo community. It was heading for head-on coalition between the government and the locals when the Bishop brokered for peace.

In the company of the then Nyanza Provincial Commissioner, the group consisting of ArchBishop Mathews Ajuoga of the Church of Africa Anglican Bishop, the Rt. Rev Francis Abiero Mwai and Bishop Joseph Ogutu of St. John Gospel Everlasting Church and others visited Moi at his Kabarak home in Nakuru and discussed wide-ranging issues relevant to peaceful co-existence of all Kenyans.

The visit resulted in the formation of the now defunct Nyanza Church and State Cooperation on Development. This was followed by a series of presidential tours of the hitherto marginalized region. Moi later performed the official opening ceremony of the ultra modern Church of the Power of Jesus Around the World in Kisumu City which was constructed with multimillion dollars..

The Bishop who is very close to the Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga is also credited for having brokered peace between the Prime Minister and the retired President Daniel Arap Moi in 1999 and 2000, which resulted in the brief merger between KANU and the NDP into a coalition government before the 2002 general elections.

Speaking to this writer at the weekend, Bishop Ngede said that Obama victory and his eventual accession to the throne of one of the most powerful nation on earth would benefit Africa. Many American tourists, and others who wished to know the President-elect family background would be streaming into the country, and we must be prepared to expect a big influx. Other African nations also stands to benefit.

Bishop Ngede said he would continue praying for peace and tranquility not only for the US and Kenya, but for the whole world so that the mankind can live in peace and harmony.


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