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Chaos mars Mowzey burial as Museveni vows to find 'killer'

Mowzey Radio's casket being lowered into his grave in Kagga, Nakawuka today afternoon. Photo: Softpower.ug
Musician Moses Nakintije Ssekibogo alias Mowzey Radio has been buried at his home in Kagga, Nakawuka in Wakiso district.
 
Thousands of people thronged the village of Kagga, some 15km southwest of Kampala city to pay their last respects to a man who, at 33, had already dominated the Ugandan music scene for over 10 years. 
 
Ssekibogo died on Thursday, February 1, at Case hospital in Kampala, where he had been admitted after suffering head injuries during a fight in bar. The brawl occurred at De Bar in Entebbe, on the night of January 22.
 
Mourners traveled from as far afield as Kenya and the U.S. to pay their last respects to Mowzey. His burial was characterised by drama and sporadic fights at the burial grounds. Several people, including police officers, sustained injuries while others lost their valuables including mobile phones and handbags. Mowzey's body was lowered in the grave at 3:15pm.
 
Many artistes warned members of the public against fighting musicians. Joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleon who appeared in a military outfit with a modular head gear repeatedly sounded a warning to all those who continue to target musicians' lives. 
 
Chameleone's brothers, Douglas Mayanja alias Weasel and Pius Mayanja alias Pallaso, asked President Museveni to change the security situation for musicians. He said it was becoming a norm for musicians to be killed with no investigations carried out. 
 
"Muzeeyi tukooye, kyusaamu, bitutamye [Mr president we're exasperated, change is needed because we're fed up of these killings…" Pallaso kept on shouting amidst cheers from crowds of mourners.
 
Police says they are still hunting for the main suspect Troy Wamala in connection with the death of the popular musician. 
 
His burial today is the climax of several events held to honour the artiste whose music has appealed to the youth and graced Uganda's airwaves for a decade. A requiem mass was held on Friday at Rubaga Cathedral, followed by public viewing of the body at Kololo Independence Grounds that went on into the early hours of Saturday.
 
In his eulogy read by state minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda, President Museveni hailed Mowzey and other musicians for rekindling and instilling a spirit of belonging among youth. Museveni promised Mowzey's family that whoever killed the music icon will face justice. 
 
"I would like to assure the family and the mourners and all Ugandans that whoever killed Mowzey Radio will be brought to book. May his soul rest in eternal peace", Museveni wrote. 
 
Museveni thanked Mowzey for the support he offered him during the 2016 presidential elections. Mowzey was among a coterie of local musicians who sang Museveni's campaign song - Tubonga naawe. These musicians criss-crossed the country with the president performing at his campaign rallies. Unconfirmed reports indicate that it was Mowzey who wrote the lyrics of the Tubonga naawe song. 
 
Museveni said Mowzey was not just a supporter but a musician who loved him. He described Mowzey as a talented self-made musician who had a great future ahead of him. 
 
Museveni said that the music industry has enabled the youth to appreciate patience required to nurture talent. He also said music has imparted values in youth and promoted cohesiveness among societies. 
 
President Museveni's son, Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba and brother, General Salim Saleh also sent condolence messages to the family and friends of Mowzey. 
 
Mowzey's mother, Jane Kasubo wailed as she fondly spoke about her fallen son. She said Mowzey was everything to her and helped in sustaining the family. She said it's sad that "the person who killed her son has not been seen"
 
Born on January 25, 1983, Ssekibogo went to Kibuye primary school, St Noah Mawagali senior secondary school, Lake View Wanyange and Kiira College Butiki before joining Makerere University to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Community Psychology.
 
He graduated in 2008 by which time he had already embarked on a music career with the Leone Island group headed by Jose Chameleone. He and Chameleone's young brother, Weasel, would in 2008 part company with Leone Island to form Goodlyfe Crew. 
 
As the Goodlyfe Crew, Radio and Weasel released a string of hit songs that included Bread & Butter, Nakudata, Ability, Kuku, Nyumbani, Ngenda Mumaaso, and Sitani. The singers recently celebrated ten years of their music partnership despite persistent reports that were on the verge of breaking up.
 
Controversy was never far off, however. Radio and Weasel were continually involved in feuds with fellow musicians that sometimes turned physical beginning with former mentor Chameleone. 
 
Perhaps the most long running fallout was between the musicians and former manager Geoffrey Kiwanuka alias Jeff Kiwa.
 
After a long working relationship, Radio and Weasel accused Kiwanuka of cheating them out of some of their earnings. The disagreement led to the near dissolution of Goodlyfe Crew with underlings forced to take sides.
 
Radio's death comes two years after the death of Weasel's brother Emmanuel Mayanja alias AK-47 under similar circumstances on March 16, 2015.  

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0 #1 David Kayumba 2018-02-04 09:29
Stop these outragious statements that yield nothing. Fibd every one who kills any Ugandan.
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0 #2 WADADA rogers 2018-02-05 10:01
But my President is chewing more than he can swallow, is it his duty to hunt down killers, why does he keep making promises at every level to appease a few.

Let Museveni leave the police to do their work. This is not rocket science, the people who fought the musician and beat him causing his death are known, Museveni does not need to get involved in order to get the killers
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