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I fell out with Bobi 13 years ago, am now in charge of the ghetto

Mark Bugembe alias Buchaman was recently appointed by President Yoweri Museveni  as the Special Presidential Envoy for the Ghetto Affairs.

The Observer caught up with the NRM appointed Ghetto president at the Ghetto State House in Luwafu, Makindye. It is not an easy feat either to see the president.  After waiting for an hour, the president’s aides allocated The Observer only five minutes for an interview.  Below are the excerpts:

Congratulations, Your Excellency!

Yah man, I thank President Museveni for remembering the ghetto people and I can tell you, I have a big plan for the ghetto.

What are the plans, then?

The president has big plans… education. And this will stop violence because politicians give these youth T-shirts and order them to become rowdy but if they have what to do, they will not be used.

Why now?

This is the right time. Museveni knows I’m the right person to bring development in the ghetto.


Yeah, people were getting money but the money never reached the ghetto. For 30 years, people have been ‘ eating’ money. Even those musicians claiming to be in the ghetto have long left the ghetto and are living in posh suburbs.

By the way, what did you tell Museveni?

(Laughs) I told him the poor here don’t need much but education and food. This alcoholism is a result of joblessness.

Don’t you think you are going to split the ghetto with Bobi Wine?

No! Development has no colour or party; so, joining Museveni or Bobi Wine doesn’t matter. Remember I was not voted, maybe if I was voted, we could have clashed! (Laughs)

Any word for Bobi Wine?

Nothing. We have known each other for over 15 years and we have not talked for almost 13 years. There is no bad blood between us and there is nothing to talk about between me and Bobi Wine.

Do you have the appointment letter yet?

(Looks a bit surprised ).I have but I’m not in a rush for money.  I want to help my people in the ghetto.

Isn’t the president using you for political purposes?

Man! Museveni is not using me since he is the one who came to the ghetto!  I am in charge of the ghetto and this is a new thing.

What would you tell Museveni today?

I will preach to him (tabira) that the youth want national identity cards ( IDs).  For them to benefit from development programmes, they will need IDs. By the way, I also don’t have an ID. President must also be informed that some  LDUs have a habit of destroying people’s IDs.

So, what’s up with music?

Iii Yah man. I’m still in music and music is me. Even yesterday I was in the studio. I have been recording for the last 10 years in the ghetto.

How are you sorting out drug use and abuse?

You should know that there is a difference between drugs and herbs.

What is the difference?

Weed (enjaga) is a herb. The herb is acceptable. It is part of our heritage (enono) and Rastafarian culture. Anything else is a drug. There are those which they sniff, swallow and inject into bodies. The drugs are imported while the herb is grown locally in our gardens. Weed is medicine. I will not stop the ganja culture.

How do you want to be remembered?

That’s simple; remember me as Buchaman who brought change in the ghetto and development.

Let us talk about family...

We Rastafarians call our wives empress, queens, lionesses. We don’t disrespect our wives. In fact Rastafarians give much respect to their wives because they are queens.

How do you introduce your empress?

In the Rastafarian community, it’s the women who introduce their men like Queen Sheebah introduced Solomon. That is why they are called ‘Omukyala-yasoka okukyala’.

What is her name?

She is called Mukyala wa Mamba Claire Nangajja.

How many children do you have?

It is not right as a Muganda man to say how many children he has. It is against our culture.

Some childhood memories…What happened you were seen marching before President Museveni without crutch.

(Laughs heartedly)I was not born with a walking stick even if it broke, I can still walk without it only that the crutch enhances my pace.

Who are your parents?

I’m someone’s son: Kabaka Kintu. I’m a Muganda born in Kyaggwe. My father is called Magezi ge Buggaga and my mother is an  Itesot from Soroti.

We are in an extended family and I don’t know how many we are …


I’m read. Nabugumizibwako, ndi mugunjufu, mugunjule (I attained some level of education, though I didn’t go far).

Last word…

I’m going to move across all ghettos in Uganda; we are going to form Saccos for them.


+3 #1 Weirdo 2019-11-06 18:14
Hard to believe this unkempt individual and the likes of kusasira make headlines.

Let's be honest, of anyone of substance and some intellect scoots down to the level of these types then Uganda is in crisis mode. The guy contradicts himself every three seconds. He's hungry snd exhausted.
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+1 #2 kirya 2019-11-06 23:59
A fool in appearance and thought. He looks like a thug!

Anyway he joins the club of untouchable outlaws in the state house who deserve to rest in the grave yard.
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-1 #3 Wainaichi 2019-11-07 03:27
Thumbs up for the new president of the ghetto
Well spoken and right actions at the right times.

Youth should be stimulated to be included and productive and not to be lured with false slogans,drugs and foreign money to make riots.

Sion after that they will be discarded as used and I delete and fall deeper into deep danvmcy ,drink,steal and rob.

Remember what the West did I Sirya? Every Friday foreign spies were giving g every bags of money to worshipers to denounce their own leader.

At the same time they were killing Syrian generals and unfttating deadly terrorists from Jordan Usrael ,Lebanin.All that was broadcast on TV and ilder folks surely remember that and should tell the youngsters what happened.

Also they should tell them the stories if liberation if Uganda and not ri feed them with poison and lies.Ling live YKM!!
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-1 #4 Lakwena 2019-11-07 10:36
Maybe we are mistaken: It is actually Buchaman who is now using Mr. M7 and not the other way around. Bravo Buchaman!

In other words, by 2021, Mr. M7 would have lost his shirt. This is because Buchaman has apparently taken to Dr. Spire's hints on "how to eat Mr. M7's money" seriously and acting on it.
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+1 #5 Kelly 2019-11-07 15:14
'I fell out with Bobi 13 years ago" or rather Bobi left you wayward 13 years ago. He moved on.

By the way Buchaman, if you don't know he is now Hon. Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi.
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0 #6 Delronnixz 2019-11-08 18:11
U must be very careful because we still love you n ur music as well.

Look all those top officials lyk kazini kawesi Abiriga plus others how they went.
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