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Musicians vow to stand with Bobi Wine

By Ashraf Kasirye

Added 20th August 2018 06:30 AM

Silver Kyagulanyi said they are not sitting back to watch one of their own die.

Musicians vow to stand with Bobi Wine

Silver Kyagulanyi said they are not sitting back to watch one of their own die.

PIC: Barbie with the artistes who visited her over the weekend. (Credit: Ashraf Kasirye)

The musicians under the Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) yesterday paid Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi a visit at her home in Magere to show solidarity and also pray for their incarcerated colleague.

Led by its secretary general Silver Kyagulanyi and other board members, the singers expressed concern about the current situation under which Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is going through, saying prayer and solidarity are necessary for the situation to change.

They also took him goodies such as sugar, food and drinks as support for her family and other dependants. 

"We have visited Barbie so that she gives us a clear and authoritative picture of the health status of Bobi Wine. We want to stop relying on social media rumours because they are not reliable," said Silver Kyagulanyi.

After welcoming them, they held prayers together and Barbie explained to them what she found in Makindye Barracks the two times she has so far visited Bobi Wine.

"He is going through a lot, but he gave me a message to you fellow musicians that all he needs is to raise your voices in your capabilities and talk about the ongoing situation in the country.

"He also asked me to tell you that he is strong and ready to go through anything required of him to stick to his ambition of liberating Uganda from tyranny," she said.

She added that the other situation which requires a lot of prayers are the children who can't understand the entire situation. She said the children are living in fear, even their academic progress is affected so they need as much prayers as possible.


PIC: Barbie and her brother-in-law Banjoman receiving goodies which were taken to her home by musicians. (Credit: Ashraf Kasirye)

Silver Kyagulanyi said they are not sitting back to watch one of their own die while his rights are being abused and that their next move will be communicated to the public if Bobi Wine continues to languish behind bars in his current health condition.

After talking to journalists, they convened in a closed meeting where journalists were not allowed after which some sources said they were planning several activities to be held in the coming days to secure Bobi Wine's release.

Musician Ronald Mayinja said they will not talk about Bobi Wine's political ambitions because in their association they are not politicians, but politics in Uganda affects them as well.

"We are here to play our role as his brothers and sisters, to stand with the family and also do what we can to secure his release," he said. 

Other musicians present included Juliana Kanyomozi, Moureen Nantume, Haruuna Mubiru, Spicy Diana, Litto Boss, Rema Namakula, Evelyne Lagu, Winnie Nwagi, Apus and music managers among others. 

PIC: Barbie (right) talking to some of the musicians Maureen Nantume (middle) and Rema Namakula (left) who visited her at her home in Magere. (Credit: Ashraf Kasirye) 


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