2 January 2019

Uganda: Pastor Ssempa Accuses Bobi Wine of Politicising Gospel Song

Photo: Abubaker Lubowa/Daily Monitor
Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine (file photo).

Barely a day after Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi unveiled his new song titled Tuliyambala Engule, a section of Ugandans have accused him of distorting the Christian heritage for his political campaigns.

Pastor Martin Ssempa, a Ugandan activist and founder of the Makerere Community Church on Tuesday night accused the Ugandan pop star popularly known as Bobi Wine of changing the meaning/message of the song.

According to him, Bobi Wine (in the song) holds himself as the future messiah who replaces Jesus.

"As a pastor, I am glad @HEBobiwine is now singing Balokole Revival song "Olutalo Nga luwedde", my problem is how he is changing the meaning/message of the song. What is the impact of turning a gospel worship song into a political party song? Let @HEBobiwine compose new wine political songs for his campaign! I refuse to participate in the distortion and mutilation of our collective #balokole heritage for @HEBobiwine political campaigns. I wish him well, just let him compose "another rap" suitable for the "battle," Mr Ssempa posted on his Twitter handle @martinssempa.

He added "The song talks about a believers good fight as a Pilgrim headed for heaven.. the Biblical "new Jerusalem". Now @HEBobiwine tells us that the new Jerusalem is NOT heaven but when he becomes Uganda's president!! He holds himself as the future messiah who replaces Jesus!".

In the song containing political innuendos, Bobi Wine talks of how they shall wear the victor's crown when the struggle is finally over.

The song features other local musicians like Pastor Wilson Bugembe, Irene Ntale, Nubian Lee, Ronald Mayinja, Hillary Innocent Kiyaga aka Dr Hilderman and politicians like Bugiri Municipality, MP Asuman Basalirwa, among others.

On Wednesday, Irene Ntale lauded Bobi Wine saying she was glad to have been featured in the song.

"It was truly an honor for me to be asked to feature on this song. I'm glad I sang about some of the issues affecting women in my Country and creating awareness. The first step to solving a problem is identifying it. Thanks @bobiwine. Plus all the amazing artists featured," Ms Ntale tweeted via her handle @Irenentale.

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