Uganda MP singer calls country a 'laughing stock'

Thursday September 14 2017

Bobi Wine

Kyagulanyi Robert Sentamu aka Bobi Wine has released a spoken word track lambasting ruling NRM lawmakers who backed a call to scrap presidential age-limit. PHOTO | MORGAN MBABAZI 

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One of Uganda's top musicians Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, famously known as Bobi Wine, who in June became an MP, has released a spoken word track lambasting the ruling National Resistance Movement MPs who have backed a call to remove presidential age limit.

The change, if successful would allow President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 31 years, to run in the next election due in 2021.

The track, recorded in English, is being shared on social media in Uganda, reports the BBC.

It is also being translated and aired on local-language radio stations.

On the track, Bobi Wine says by backing the removal of the upper age limit of 75 the MPs "did the most dishonourable and unpatriotic thing".

He then lists what he sees as the problems in the country including the fact that the "judiciary is a mockery".

"The one-time pearl of Africa is now a laughing stock," he says.

Earlier this week, MPs from the governing NRM passed a resolution among themselves to back a parliamentary bill removing the upper age limit for someone to run for president.

It is expected that they will propose the bill in parliament this week.

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