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I’m not anti-government, says Pr Bugembe

By Our Reporter

KAMPALA – Gospel musician and lead Pastor at The Worship House, Wilson Bugembe has expressed regret for appearing in Bobi Wine’s latest song, ‘Tuliyambala Engule’, which received mixed reactions on social media in the minutes and hours after its release.

Derived from a much-loved Christian hymn, Bobi Wine’s ‘Tuliyambala Engule’ was heavily criticised by a section of Christians, with Pastors like Martin Ssempa of Makerere Community Church accusing the Kyadondo East MP, real name Robert Kyagulanyi of trying to replace Jesus and “manipulating” the “Pentecostal heritage” to push his political campaigns.

Addressing Journalists on Sunday, Pastor Wilson Bugembe said he underestimated the impact this song would bring.

“I think I underestimated its impact. And if I was to do it all over again, I would be like ‘no.’ But when you see my particular part, it did exactly what they told me,” Bugembe told a local broadcaster.

In the 4 minute 32 second video, Pastor Bugembe is seen uniting the people wearing yellow with those putting on red.

The ‘Wanaaza’ hit singer said he is not anti-government and encouraged pastors to preach the gospel of peace. 

“The more we judge and be like Haman we make some people hate Church. We look like we are the enemy. We can counsel in love,” Bugembe said. 

Pastor Bugembe previously appeared in the ‘Tubonga Nawe’ song which was a campaign song for President Museveni in 2016. Here still, Bugembe was heavily criticised for playing a role in its making.

The Pastor later came out and apologised saying,”God helped me realise that I had to come out and apologize to you all for my ‘Tubonga Nawe’ involvement. I know I hurt many and apologize.”

Although he agreed to talks with Church leaders over this matter, Bobi Wine in his defence last week said his version of ‘Tuliyambala Engule’ is “a song of hope for Ugandans”.

“That song is supposed to re-emphasise confidence in the minds and hearts of all Ugandans. To make them know that the times we are going through are not easy but at the end of this struggle, after we win, we shall wear the victor’s crown,” he said, according to NTV Uganda.

Robert Kyagulanyi has of a while now been critical of President Museveni’s government and has through the “People Power Movement” expressed desire in seeing Museveni leave office.

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