Security Mute as Banned Bosmic Songs Enjoy Airplay

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In short
The song titled Mac Onywalo Buru, loosely translated as fire begets ash satirically discredits sons of departed Ugandan heads of state for betraying their fathers and falling victim to the political ideology of the National Resistance Movement, opposed by their predecessors.

Songs released by Kitgum based musician Rasta Bosmic Joyce Otim, are still enjoying airplay on radio stations, pubs and disco halls, across the district despite their recent ban.

The district security committee last week banned a new song released by Bosmic for reportedly patronizing top NRM politicians in Acholi, Lango and West Nile sub-regions.

The song titled Mac Onywalo Buru, loosely translated as fire begets ash satirically discredits sons of departed Ugandan heads of state for betraying their fathers and falling victim to the political ideology of the National Resistance Movement, opposed by their predecessors.

In Mac Onywalo Buru, Otim mocks Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, Kitgum Municipality MP Beatrice Anywar, Lands Minister Betty Amongi, Lira Municipality MP Jimmy Akena, Former MP Micheal Ocula Nyeko, and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem, referring to them as traitors.
 
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Security officials said that the song, which had become a sensation in parts of Northern Uganda, was inciting violence and defied common decency. 

Kitgum District Internal Security Officer-DISO Lawrence Asiimwe had earlier threatened to close any media house, nightclub, Pub, recording studio or any other entertainment place found playing the song.

But the song has become even more popular. Its sounds cover the town of Kitgum every day, playing in homes, discothèques, pubs and hotels. Radios are also still playing the song, whose lyrics are now recited by young, old, men and women across the town.

Other sarcastic songs; funny question for funny answer and Obote I & 2 were consecutively released by the same musician play loudly in public domains sending security into a mute mode.

Boniface Okeny, a Barber in Lulojo, an outskirt in Kitgum municipality says the ban was unrealistically imposed on the people. Similarly, Robinah Acaa a vendor in Apollo Ground questions why security is stopping the song yet those whose names were mentioned are not complaining.

Another resident Alex Opira says security operatives are breaching citizens' freedom of expression and speech. He advised that security should apprehend the musician if they feel he has cases to answer.

Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine has released a video praising Bosmic for producing revolutionary songs. Bobi Wine said "It's a killer song from northern Uganda by Bosmic Otim. He is an asset this generation needs. People in Northern Uganda protect him and let nothing happen to him".
 
When contacted by URN, Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech sounded reserved and diversionary saying decision to ban the song was masterminded by concerned residents, not the security committee.

 

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