As the 2021 general elections draw closer, more artists including musicians continue to express interest in different political offices.
Singer Bobi Wine said he would run against President Yoweri Museveni for President while Jose Chameleone has already started rallying Kampalans for his Mayoral bid come 2021. Other singers like Geoffrey Lutaya, Mathias Walukaga, Dr Hilderman and Ronald Mayinja have also publicly stated they will each be running for MP seat in their constituencies.
On Thursday, renowned events promoter, Balaam Barugahara said he is rooting for another one Uganda’s biggest musicians, Moses Ssali alias Bebe Cool to run for political office – in Nakawa.
Like Bebe Cool, Balaam is a sworn supporter of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President Yoweri Museveni. While it isn’t clear whether Bebe Cool is on board with Balaam’s idea, it is obvious that should he finally opt to stand for MP, it will be on the NRM ticket.
Nakawa constituency is currently represented in Parliament by Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) legislator, Michael Kabaziguruka.
Balaam who was appearing on NBS’ Uncut show, said he is currently consulting residents in Nakawa division on how the ‘Mboozi za Malwa’ singer can be accepted to represent them.
“I am consulting the people of Nakawa so that Bebe Cool contests for the office of the Member of Parliament of the area,” he said adding that he is ready to finance all the activities necessary for him (Bebe Cool) to win including funding his campaigns.
Commenting on the Kampala Mayoral race, the events organizer said that he has been approached by Jose Chameleone, informing him about his interest to replace Elias Lukwago.
He said he will as well back Chameleone for the seat regardless of his political affiliation since they have worked together for more than two decades.
He added that as long as Chameleone doesn’t stand against President Yoweri Museveni, he will always get his (Balam) support.
“I told him that the day you will stand against President Museveni, is when I will ‘cane’ and ‘roast’ you and he understood. I advised him to start with the mayorship, then MP and then come for presidency in 2040 when he is about 60 years,” said Balaam.
On Bobi Wine’s claims that Police has not yet cleared his concerts for the Easter festivities, Balaam advised the ‘Kyarenga’ singer not to simply oppose the existing government, but instead accept to cooperate with it to ensure order and security in the country.