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Bobi Wine in talks with Merit party over people power slogan

Bobi Wine in a red beret

Bobi Wine in a red beret

The Uganda Meritocracy Party (UMP) says they are in talks with Kyadondo East legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine over the use of the 'people power' slogan. 

Kyagulanyi's meteoric rise on the political scene in the past two years has earned him unprecedented global recognition. A red beret, red overall and people power chants is the basic definition of Bobi Wine, the politician.

Often, during his campaign rallies and other political activities, Kyagulanyi has emphasized that "the power of the people is much stronger than the people in power," a quote first attributed to Egyptian Internet activist and computer engineer Wael Ghonim; the "keyboard freedom fighter, who became famous during the 2011 pro-democracy demonstrations which ousted President Hosni Mubarak. 

In his memoir Revolution 2.0: The power of people is greater than the people in power (2013), Wael explains that it's people power that turned around Egypt's fortunes.

In Uganda, the people power slogan used by Kyagulanyi was apparently registered by the Uganda Meritocracy Party in 2016. The party, which is not known to many Ugandans, is now preparing to launch countrywide activities and is holding talks with Bobi Wine over the use of the slogan.

The party's acting vice president and spokesperson Simon Peter Ouma says they have not stopped Bobi Wine from using the slogan because he's championing the same interests that they will also be promoting.
"For us as the party leadership, we have no problem with somebody using the slogan people power. Why we came out, we were told that somebody scratched an anthill . We have no problem with Kyagulanyi or whoever to use people power as a slogan. Kyagulanyi’s vision and Kyagulanyi’s ideology fall under the interest of [Uganda] Meritocracy. Him using it [slogan] is not a problem. Out problem was in regard to that individual [music promote Balaam Barugahare] who had come out to constrain other Ugandans from using that word." said Ouma. 
UMP was swift to warn the Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB) and events manager Balaam Barugahare when news emerged that he had registered a charity organisation called People Power to look after the elderly. But Balaam denied the reports.

"It has come to our attention that Balaam Barugahare one of the businessmen in Kampala has registered a non-government organisation in the name of people power and has immediately threatened any individual/group who attempts to use the above name dire consequences," the party acting secretary for legal affairs, Wambogo said in a letter dated January 19.
Barugahare was captured on video boasting how he has registered and gazetted the people power slogan and the red colour. In the same video, he mocked Bobi Wine for being politically naive saying he would not allow anyone to use the slogan or the red colour most especially for politics. The music promoter is very close to the ruling party establishment and this was seen by many commentators as an attempt by the NRM to block Bobi Wine's political aspirations. Bobi Wine has since told CNN that his camp is "seriously considering standing against President Yoweri Museveni in 2021." 

Wambogo said they only came out so as to remind to Barugahare that he did not have a monopoly over the words people power because the slogan had already been registered. Wambogo said they don't want to be seen as if they are fighting Bobi Wine, who already acknowledged in their meetings that he was using their slogan.
"We people in the Uganda Merito Party we wouldn’t love a situation where we would be seen as trying to fight each other. UMP vs MP Kyagulanyi’s ideology or whatever. He [Bobi Wine] accepted that he knows the owners of UMP in Uganda and the owners of the slogan, people power in Uganda. He’s very much aware of that. To be sincere, as gentlemen, we had a meeting with him, [and] we made it very clear that look here; we’re the owners of the slogan - love it or don’t love it and anyone who attempts to use it without our clearance calls for action to be taken against him." said Wambogo. 
Wambogo said those interested in the people power slogan should join the Uganda Meritocracy Party. He warned that the party will not let anyone use or misuse their slogan without their permission. He added that talks with Bobi Wine are still on going and Ugandans will soon be informed of the final outcome.
"As a party, we invite any member of the public to join us in Uganda Merit party if you enjoy our slogan, if you enjoy our name, you can join us and we work together. We’re not refusing any person, but what we’re saying is that we’re not going to allow anyone jump up and abuse the name; people power which is out slogan and yet we gazetted it, we reserved it and we communicated officially to the electoral commission that that is out slogan." said Wambogo. 
The party founders seem to be a bunch of youth who remain evasive on questions of their operations. Our reporter met the acting party leaders at City House, Kampala and they promised to unveil the party office by end of February.

"We are young people from eastern, northern, central and western regions of Uganda. We have come together to determine public policy and win elections. Restoring the lost glory and pride of the pearl of Africa is our priority," the party brochure reads.

The party philosophy, the brochure says, is a state based on merit, equality, freedom, democracy and social justice and rule of law.

"We maintain that the best should be in charge, and all Ugandans should have equal opportunities to acquire skills and demonstrate their innovations and talent," the brochure reads.


0 #11 Akot 2019-02-04 19:47
Lakwena, thanks, but,

When Museveni dies, the tribalistic system will be his legacy! Will Ugandans go for Independent Tribal States then?

Without UNITY of ALL against Museveni, it's NOW tribes MUST form Independent States to defend each people!

After fall of Amin, Lule wanted to make the country Buganda state & was replaced!

Did Buganda get what it wants from Museveni?

Do Acholi dare bring Museveni to ICC for killing them & do they dare break away to be FREE?

Only tribal leaders standing down & UNITY of Ugandans will give peaceful end to demon Museveni who tribalistically divides & rules, while Ugandans fight/block one another!

After Museveni is thrown out in UNITY, tribes will go seperate ways, unless Ugandans want another migrant to take Museveni's palce as chief!
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-1 #12 Akot 2019-02-04 20:04
Lakwena, thanks!

Ugandans even forgot that after Amin was thrown out, thanks to Tanzanian Army/Acholi, the National Executive Consultative Council formed in Tanzania/Kenya, chaired by E. Rugumayo, ensured election, then peaceful transfer of power from president Binaisa to Dr Obote!

There was another kind of peaceful transfer of power when Acholi respected all the other tribes that UNITED for Museveni!

Today as there is no common leader, yet ALL want Mueveni out, Independent Tribal States MUST be formed immediately!

Why are Ugandans harassing-blocking-arresting-teargasing one another so that Museveni just go on?

Which tribe is safe with Museveni, & Which tribe is fighting or will fight another & why?
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-1 #13 Akot 2019-02-04 20:14
Remase, thanks.

Ugandans who say they want to be FRER are the only ones who don't know what 'people power' can do!

There can't be people power in a tribalistically divided & ruled country, as it's the inhuman system that keeps the people's common enemy in power & no outsider can dare say a word against the ruler!

Syrians-Venezuelans-Libyans-CARepublic... get help from the outside world, but Ugandans who go along with the tribalistic system are left out of the world!
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