Ugandan opposition leader and musician Bobi Wine said his newly song entitled Ogenda, a Luganda word that loosely translates as “You will fall” is made directly for the sitting president’s ears who he said has turned back on his word to bring democracy to the country.
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Wine said the use of graphic images in the music video was to expose the crimes committed under President Yoweri Museveni regime.
The video juxtaposes clips of a young Museveni charismatically promising a fundamental change to Uganda in 1986 with scenes of Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) soldiers dragging civilians off vehicles. Some of the civilians are being beaten or bleeding profusely.
“The regime in Uganda has invested a whole lot of money to cover up the atrocities,” said the National Unity Platform (NUP) president.
Bobi Wine said the media in Uganda is gagged and the only way to expose the rot is through music.
Bobi Wine said that many previous Ugandan leaders like Idi Amin Dada (1971-1978) ignored warnings from singers and other voices about the wrongs they were perpetuating on the nation only to fall from power shortly after.
“Justice can only happen when we expose the crimes, that is why we continue bringing it up, that is the only way we can fight back,” he said.
In Ogenda, Bobi Wine accuses President Museveni of abuse of power since he ascended to the highest office in January 1986. He says President Museveni’s government the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has overseen worse human rights abuses than the leaders it fought to oust.
The singer who contested for president in the 2021 general election remembers many friends and associates whose deaths he claims were brought about by state agents under President Museveni’s control.
He says that it is his turn to warn President Museveni that his abuses have been noted by all and there will be a reckoning in future.
Bobi Wine sings that all these violations could be a sign that Museveni’s government is at its weakest, and that it is “leaving” anytime soon.
He revealed that the song was inspired by the late Christopher Ssebaduka, who was a Kadongo Kamu artiste.
The song released on Wine’s personal YouTube page as well as the National Unity Platform channel racked in nearly 200,000 views in under 24 hours.
The song has also gone viral on other platforms like Facebook, Twitter and TikTok.