Last Friday, President Yoweri Museveni met Ugandan musicians who were launching “Tubonga Naawe”, a campaign song for his 2016 presidential bid.
The President was accompanied by his wife Janet Kataaha Museveni and daughter Natasha Karugire.
Present were comedians; Anne Kansiime, Hannington Bugingo, Kudzu and Richard Tuwangye.
Also present was Prof. Joel Ssegujja Herbert Mendo aka Museveni.
Musicians present included; Bebe Cool, Jose Chameleone, Rema Namakula, Pastor Wilson Bugembe, Judith Babirye, Juliana Kanyomozi, Mowzey Radio and Weasel, Haruna Mubiru, Mun G, King Saha and Iryn Namubiru.
In what many term as the “most boring event”, Museveni took the singers through the tiresome economic development talk.
Some guests are said to have even “dozed off” during the president’s “boring” speech.
According to those who attended the event, when the president announced giving the artistes Shs400m, that’s when guests jumped from their temporary slumber and clapped hands with many not sure what they were clapping for.
It was until he announced that he had given them Shs 400 million that a few hand claps and cheering were heard.
Bebe Cool and Chameleone, when they talked, asked the president to support the local music industry.
Chameleone said the song was composed to appreciate and assure Museveni of support in 2016.
In a project coordinated by Jospeh Sewava, a presidential Assistant in Charge of Entertainment, musicians will in turn move across the country to popularise the president.
Reports have emerged that musicians are already fighting over the Shs400m.
Half of the money was reportedly paid to the musicians direct for the song ‘Tubonga Nawe’.
According to details, Bebe who heads the project picked a cool Shs40m giving Chameleone Shs20m.
The rest of the batch; Mun G, Bugembe, Saha, Rema, Juliana, Namubiru were given Shs12m.
Currently, other musicians led by Andrew Benon Kibuka, the chairman Federation of Performing Artistes of Uganda, are planning to raid State House and demonstrate against the development.
They accuse their fellow musicians of going for the money instead of asking the president to address their itching concerns.
Musician Maurice Kirya wrote on his Facebook page that they should at least have raised issues like the lack of enforcement of the Copyright Act instead of just singing the president’s praises.
Afrigo Band’s Moses Matovu, Catherine Kusasira, Charles Senkubuge, and Mesach Semakula, are among those who are angry at Bebe and Chameleone for using the event to sycophantically praise the president.
Juliana quickly defended her decision on her Facebook page, saying it was her right to support whom she wanted.