Museveni affirms life presidency in campaign song


Museveni beating a drum

Critics have already started interpreting the actual meaning of President Yoweri Museveni’s new rap song “Yengoma”.

Yengoma comes ahead of 2016 general elections like his first rap song, Mpenkoni, came before the 2011 elections.

Already, the song has enjoyed massive play for a Ugandan song.

Since it was uploaded at the weekend and by Wednesday, it had garnered 4,487 plays and 7,493 had downloaded it.

Yesterday alone by 3.30pm, Yengoma had enjoyed 2,685 plays and 4,683 downloads.

Daily Monitor in its critical appreciation, gives the hidden meaning behind the song.

An old children’s song in western Uganda, Yengoma means ‘For the Throne’.

The lyrics in the song are quite telling. They talk about cattle keeping, musical instruments, and longevity.

The line Oruyongoyongo orwa Kabale brings to mind that never give up! poster.

In the picture, a heron tries to swallow a frog, but the frog gets a firm grip on the bird’s neck.

Oruyongoyongo is a heron, a carnivorous bird that feeds on snakes and rats.

Towards the end of the song, the President expresses that greatest need of all, longevity (of power).

He tells his listeners that songs such as Yengoma and Mpenkoni, should remain around for people to keep on ‘seeing’ him.

The fact that Yengoma is sang by a sitting president, during an electoral season, will turn it into an overnight hit for obvious reasons.


One thing for sure is that the President using the arts to further his message to the youth brings a lot of respectability to the music industry, in particular.

Credit: Monitor

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