While a number of Ugandans most especially supporters of Kyadondo East lawmaker, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, continue heaping praise to him over his new song ‘Tuliyambala Engule’ unveiled yesterday, City Pentecostal Pastor, Martin Ssempa, has come out to accuse the musician turned politician of politicising a born again song for his political endeavours.
The chorus of Bobi Wine’s song states; “When the struggle is over, we shall wear the victor’s crown. We shall walk with swag in the new Uganda”.
In Bobi Wine’s song, he promises a new Uganda and gives hope to the people, that they will wear shiny victor’s crowns after overcoming the several challenges which include segregation, corruption, land theft, dictatorship, high taxation and poor medical services Ugandans, according to him, are currently undergoing.
In fact, he goes ahead in the song which featured musicians Nubian Li, King Saha, Wilsom Buhembe, Dr Hilderman, Irene Namatovu and Irene Ntare, to say that when his pressure group ‘People Power’ wins, Ugandans will enjoy their new country.
According to Pastor Ssempa who is also founder of the Makerere Community Church, turning the Christian song into a political one changes its meaning and misleads the believers, which is unfortunate.
He says the original song talks about a believer’s good fight as a pilgrim headed for heaven – the Biblical new Jerusalem, which Bobi Wine confuses by trying to insinuate that the new Jerusalem is not heaven but instead, “when he becomes Uganda’s President, he holds himself as the future messiah who replaces Jesus.”
Ssempa says that the medical care Bobi Wine talks about in his song is a right every human is entitled to, not given by God as opposed to the crown in the original Christian song.
“The crown of glory talked about is the Victor’s crown given by God to those who overcome. @HEBobiwine says its the crown every Ugandan will get when he is president! While his song of medical services for women is good, having good healthcare is not heaven! It’s a right,” Ssempa note in a tweet.
Bobi Wine talks about the end of a battle which will usher in a beautiful experience for the citizenry, but Ssempa, interprets it as his personal battles with the Police yet the battle in their song is against Satan and demonic missions in the world.
“The battle or Olutalo is a the Balokole song of battling against the Satan and his demonic minions of the world. @HEBobiwine says its now his battles with @PoliceUg tear gas has at his rallies. Our battle is firstly spiritual then rewards will be given to the Victor by God,” adds Ssempa.
Bobi begins a song with a quote by Nelson Mandela before tagging his ‘Yagayagayo’ jargon, something Ssempa claims misconstrues the meaning of the original song.
“The politicisation of our sacred worship songs is not good. Adding the rastaman “Yagayagayo” to the sacred texts of our sacred song distorts their meaning and mutilateds its holy dignity! @HEBobiwine can compose his own songs from the #Firebase studios,” explained Ssempa.
The motormouth Pastor says Wine, musician turned politician, should concentrate on composing on his own political songs instead of embarking of distorting the sacred songs.
“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,” he advised.
Government on the other hand has severally warned the pop star from disguising as a musician and pursue political ambitions.