Radio Death: Case Hospital to Refund UGX 29M

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Case Hospital is to refund 29 million shillings meant to pay for treatment of fallen music icon Mowzey Radio who died on February 1. Also known as Moses Ssekibogo, the popular artiste was admitted at Case Hospital on the night of January 22 after he sustained injuries in what his friends have described as a bar brawl. The incident reportedly happened at Da Bar, a popular hangout place in Entebbe, from where Mowzey Radio was allegedly beaten and pushed to the ground by Godfrey Wamala alias Troy, an employee of the place.

Case Hospital is to refund 29 million shillings meant to pay for treatment of fallen music icon Mowzey Radio who died on February 1.

Also known as Moses Ssekibogo, the popular artiste was admitted at Case Hospital on the night of January 22 after he sustained injuries in what his friends have described as a bar brawl. The incident reportedly happened at Da Bar, a popular hangout place in Entebbe, from where Mowzey Radio was allegedly beaten and pushed to the ground by Godfrey Wamala alias Troy, an employee of the place. 

The artiste became unconscious and was rushed to Nsambya Hospital before he was moved to Case Hospital where he breathed his last.

Wamala was today, Wednesday, remanded to Kigo Prison on charges of murder. 

 According to Balaam Barugahara, a music promoter of Goodlyfe Crew, they had projected that Mowzey Radio would spend a long time Case Hospital since he was in the intensive care unit (ICU), and therefore a total  55 million shillings was paid. Days after his death, however, the health facility has decided to refund 29 million shillings saying it was unspent.
 
Barugahara told URN that Case Hospital had used 26 million shillings for operational costs for the time that the deceased spent in the hospital, and the balance is what they refunded. The medical bills were paid for by President Museveni who contributed 30 million shillings while socialite Bryan White gave 25 million shillings.  
Balaam says the money will be given to Mowzey's family to support them.
 
So far evidence on the police file shows that Radio opened a bottle of Black Label and poured it on revellers prompting the management of Da Bar led by George Egesa to order the bouncers to eject the artiste. Wamala reportedly attacked and assaulted Radio as he was being led out of the club.

In the Goodlyfe Crew, Radio partnered with Douglas Mayanja alias Weasel whose own brother Emmanuel Mayanja alias AK 47 died in similar circumstances on March 16, 2015.   

Radio and Weasel, as the duo were known to their fans, first came to public notice as back up musicians for Weasel's elder brother Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleone. The musicians broke away in 2007 to sing independently. 

As the Goodlyfe Crew, the singers released a string of hit songs that included Bread & Butter, Nakudata, Ability, Kuku, Nyumbani, Ngenda Mumaaso, and Sitani. The duo had recently celebrated ten years of their music partnership. 

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.