Comedian Vicks Kingo picks forms to sit in State House


Kingo picking forms (Photo by Kenneth Lukwago Anderson)

Actor Bush Ainebyona popularly known as Vicks Kingo has picked presidential nomination forms to run as the country’s president in 2016 general elections.

Ainebyona used to appear in Kingo advertisements where he picked the pet name.

Known for his trademark long grey beard, Kingo graced the Electoral Commission headquarters along Jinja road and picked the forms.

Despite his old age (70), Kingo says he is still energetic enough like President Yoweri Museveni and can serve the country.

“I agree Museveni has done a great job but if God wishes, let him handover to me,” Kingo is recorded as saying in NTV’s hilarious “Point Blank”.

“I am as old as His Excellency [Museveni] because I was born on 1st 1944. He [Museveni] was also born in 1994 so if His Excellency is too old to serve so am I.”

Kingo claims he has 7 degrees, 7 masters and 4 PhDs coupled by 21 certificates and 21 diplomas.

“Who has such in the world?” he challenges.

He claims to have started from Makerere, Washington and Zimbabwe universities.

“I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I am as sober as His Excellency,” he clarified.

In 2005, Kingo was among a list of jokers and comedians that graced presidential nominations at the Mandela National Sports Stadium in Namboole.

According to URN archives, leading the pack was the chairperson of the Uganda Mandate Party, Wanjala Wagobe, who caused laughter when instead of handing in the required nomination papers he stood up, got hold of the microphone and announced that his party had pulled out of the presidential race in favour of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

Vicks Kingo told the Electoral Commission that he had filed a complaint with the Uganda Human Rights Commission to protest the abuse of his rights.

Ainebyona said it was wrong for the Electoral Commission to expect a poor man like him to raise the 8 million shilling nomination fee and to traverse the country to collect approval signatures.

Further drama came when a blind man, Shafik Mwanje, failed to present the required signatures to approve his nomination.

The height of the drama was when the comedian from the Amarula Family, Paddy Bitama, accompanied by his comedians, turned up adorned in shades and with plaited hair.

Bitama was not nominated because he turned in a check instead of a bank draft.

He broke into tears as he was led away by the Electoral Commission’s protocol officers.

Kingo is back and this time round, he expects Museveni to hand over power to him come 2016.


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