Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, says he has no problem with musician Moses Ssali (Bebe Cool) and that Uganda’s problems should not be reduced to a Bobi Wine – Bebe Cool affair.
Wine said this in a statement while commenting on the incident during the ’10 years of Eddy Kenzo’ concert at Serena Hotel on Friday, where he (Bobi Wine) and Cool hugged and shook hands after very many years of rivarly. The two singers also shared a table throughout the concert.
The musician turned politician said that just like him, Bebe Cool is a Ugandan who also faces similar challenges in the country like the rest of the citizens, saying Ugandans needn’t be distracted from the real problem.
“As I have been saying all along, I have no problem with Bebe Cool. He is a fellow artiste, a man I have known for many years, but above all a fellow Ugandan. The problems we face in Uganda are bigger than us. The issues which Uganda faces cannot and should not be reduced to a Bobi Wine – Bebe Cool affair,” Bobi Wine wrote in a post.
“At the same time, those issues affect all of us. If one of us got an accident on the road and we can’t find a hospital to give us emergency care, it won’t matter if it is me or Bebe! We should therefore not lose sight of who our real enemy is or what the real problem is. We should not allow ourselves to be detracted,” wrote Bobi Wine.
He said that the ‘oppressors’ want to see him and the Gagamel boss divided so as to prolong their (oppressors) survival, but he insists that remaining united and working together is the only way to overcome whoever seeks seeing them apart.
“Of course our oppressors have for long survived by playing the divide and rule game. They want to turn us against each other whenever they have chance,” he said.
“We have a choice – we can play into their game, or simply outsmart them and redeem ourselves. We cannot and should not allow the regime to divide us,” he added.
The two musicians have a long history of working together, but fell out along their music career which spans over two decades. Their relationship soured even more, when Bobi Wine joined elective politics affiliated to the opposition, yet Bebe Cool is a sworn supporter of President Yoweri Museveni and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.
On December 26 last year, they both organized their annual boxing day concerts but Police would later block that of Bobi Wine on claims that it was not cleared. That of Bebe Cool went on uninterrupted, a move Wine said was not fair.
Meanwhile, Bobi Wine has heaped praise on fellow musician Eddy Kenzo whom he described as a humble and talented musician headed for a brighter future.
“I am proud to have seen you walk this journey with hard work and discipline. Yesterday I saw on stage the same passion I saw in that sound room, 10 years ago as you voiced ‘Yanimba’. Am always convinced that with all these attributes, combined with your good heart, not even the sky will be the limit for you. To many more years of greatness bro,” he said.
The event attracted hundreds of revelers including Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister (Katikkiro), Charles Peter Mayiga.