National Resistance Movement (NRM) supporter and singer Moses Sssali aka Bebe Cool, has apologized for an earlier Facebook post he made yesterday regarding fellow musician Bobi Wine and the struggle that rocked Kampala, claiming that it was insensitive and not thoroughly thought out.
The “Love You Everyday” hit maker says that the post was insensitive towards the families of the innocent Ugandans that lost their lives in the riots that took place yesterday.
“COVID-19 is real and it’s taking the lives of vulnerable people amidst us. We are in an election period and the candidates who are vying for different positions all seek to have the masses on their side but the reality is that we are living in a difficult and challenging time.” Bebe Cool posted.
“For this reason, the Electoral Commission of Uganda put up guidelines for all candidates to adhere to strictly during the campaigns which unfortunately are being flouted by some candidates.” He added.
The singer applauded his preferred candidate President Yoweri Museveni who he says he has supported and still has hope in. Bebe praised Museveni for what he termed as “following the guidelines 100%.”
Bebe Cool admitted that he has been holding processions but defended himself saying that it was for the distribution of face masks and t-shirts.
“Our opponents started with processions and later switched to mass campaign rallies in open fields without regard to the set EC guidelines and even started holding music concerts which are still prohibited during these COVID-19 times. I know two wrongs don’t make a right but I was only coming out to allay the anxiety of our supporters who were being made to believe by opposition propagandists that we lack support and they have.” Bebe Cool said.
He said that leaving the opposition go through the campaign unchallenged would give rise to a possibility of them causing chaos after their inevitable election loss claiming they had been rigged simply because they had crowds and the NRM had gone scientific in order to adhere to the EC guidelines.
“The Uganda police has the mandate to enforce these guidelines and where a candidate goes wrong they are brought to order. What happened yesterday is regrettable and am saddened by the loss of life and property that we all saw. I condole with the families of all those that lost or got a loved one injured in the violence that took place yesterday. We shouldn’t accept or associate with acts of violence especially because of our political affiliation.” He submitted.
Bebe Cool affirmed that the right to associate is a God given right and is enshrined in the Ugandan constitution and assured Ugandans that nobody should take that away that right from them.
“But during these COVID-19 times, gatherings are restricted and we need to adhere to government regulations. I saw women being stripped in broad day light by hooligans. This is unacceptable and should be condemned by all leaders across the political divide. I saw a police officer being attacked by a hammer wielding goon. How on earth would one do this and not expect retaliation by the armed forces? Let’s not participate in violence. Let’s condemn all acts of hooliganism. Uganda belongs to all of us.” He concluded.