Celebrated events manager and NRM die-hard Balaam Barugahara has risked the wrath of the ghetto youth after hijacking and registering ‘People Power’ as his Non- Governmental Organization’s name, declaring that it must not be used in politics anymore.
Balaam, a renowned entrepreneur and events guru has chosen to register ‘People Power’ as his organization that caters for the elderly under the controversial name.
This simply translates to ‘People Power’ being a company and Balaam now has the right to sue anyone that uses it for any purpose- particularly politics, without his consent.
This will not go down with Singer turned politician Bobi Wine who unearthed the slogan and has been actively using it to foster his political agenda.
Bobi Wine had earlier said that the state is looking for ways to hijack the slogan and render him redundant by having it registered by another individual for a different role and own barring rights to its use.
Political commentators also say that this is a move by the government aimed at sabotaging Bobi Wine’s political ambitions and to render his slogan that has caught the hearts of Ugandans and spread like wildfire, irrelevant and prohibitive.
Do we smell trouble?
As earlier stated, despite Bobi Wine starting up the use and popularization of the People Power slogan, he does not possess its ownership legally and neither has he registered it as a political party
. Now that it has been obtained and registered by Balaam, it renders the Kyadondo MP an offender if he uses it without Sabavulu’s consent-which he simply can’t obtain at any day.
This leaves many wondering if Bobi Wine will back off the Slogan.
However, sources that know the singer well say that he is not a man that gives up easily in the face of intimidation or difficulty. This is probably buttressed in his upbringing given the fact that he rose and grew in a hostile ghetto environment where he had to fight to live, eat and survive.
It is widely believed the Bobi will defiantly use the slogan, given his own interpretation of the ideal. In 2018, the Freedom singer had referred to People Power as an idea that should drives Ugandans to total freedom and independence.
Bobi stated that this is firmly noted down in the first article of the republic’s constitution that “Power belongs to the People”.
To him, the slogan stands for the farmer whose harvest lacks market, the teacher who earns less having worked overtime, the investor whose investments are threatened by the country’s hostile politicking, the soldier who is forced to repel demonstrations waged against the hostile treatment of his own people, the patient forced to pay for government drugs in a government facility among others. With this background, it is almost unlikely that Bobi will back off.
All that remains to be seen are the endless hours in court between the two giants in the entertainment industry as they try to legally out-muscle one another for the People Power slogan use or misuse.
Watch the space.