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Bobi Wine Spits Fire over Jailing of ‘Museveni Wumula’ Artistes

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Musician, activist and politician Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, has spoken out on the arrest and detention of ‘Museveni Wumula’ artistes.

MUSEVENI WUMULA ARTISTES

In their song titled ‘[Museveni]Wumula’, producer Jonah Muwanguzi and musician David Mugema tell three-decade president Yoweri Museveni to retire.

On Tuesday, Muwanguzi and Mugema appeared before Buganda Road magistrates court in Kampala.

Grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu charged Muwanguzi and Mugema with offensive communication contrary to section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act.

Prosecution alleges that the song disturbed Museveni’s peace. Kamasanyu jailed the duo until today when they will reappear.

According to prosecution, Muwanguzi and Mugema wilfully composed, recorded, produced and electronically circulated through social media.

BOBI WINE DEFENDS MUSEVENI WUMULA ARTISTES

Bobi Wine attacks Museveni’s regime for having “opened war on everyone who criticizes its excesses. Its focus is now on the artistes”.

He adds that Museveni’s government wants artistes to praise it, instead of criticising it.

“According to them you either sing praises for them or not sing at all. The moment you sing about the future of your country you become their target.”

Bobi Wine has rallied artistes and Ugandans to reject repression.

“We cannot allow this to happen!,” Bobi Wine wrote on Facebook.

“If there is a time for us to stand up for our rights, IT IS NOW!”

He has also called for unity among musicians.

“No artiste is safe. If we do not yell, no body will hear us,” he writes.

“We must stand as one and defend our constitutional rights and freedoms or else this might spell the end of the music industry and of our freedom of conscience!”

Ugandan musicians are divided along political lines. In 2015, a section of artistes featured in ‘Tubonga Naawe (We are with you)’, Museven’s campaign song.

Others, like Bobi Wine, were close to Museveni’s four-time challenger Dr Kizza Besigye.

But until unity is achieved, Bobi Wine now says he stands with jailed artistes.

“We stand with you comrades #ProducerJonahMuwanguzi and #DavidMugema.Music is not a crime, it is an expression of life and a reflection of the broader masses.”

Bobi Wine joins a section of Uganda’s activists who have condemned the jailing of Muwanguzi and Mugema.

Makerere University research has castigated Museveni’s regime for fearing the truth in the song. 

BOBI WINE’S MESSAGE ON JAILING OF MUSEVENI WUMULA ARTISTES

I recently posted about the continued repression of the freedoms of speech and expression in this country. The regime has opened war on everyone who criticizes its excesses. Its focus is now on the artistes.

Friends, this is real. The regime is in panic mode. They are doing everything possible to coerce us into joining their regime of corruption and national shame or silencing us incompletely. According to them you either sing praises for them or not sing at all. The moment you sing about the future of your country you become their target. We cannot allow this to happen!

If there is a time for us to stand up for our rights, IT IS NOW!

No artiste is safe. If we do not yell, no body will hear us. We must stand as one and defend our constitutional rights and freedoms or else this might spell the end of the music industry and of our freedom of conscience!

We stand with you comrades #ProducerJonahMuwanguzi and #DavidMugema.

Music is not a crime, it is an expression of life and a reflection of the broader masses.

#FREEDOM

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