Bobi Wine Sworn In As Kyadondo East MP
Musician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine has been sworn in as the Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East constituency.
Ssentamu, an Independent MP, took oath on July 11, 2017 in the chambers of Parliament before the plenary sitting started and was accompanied by MPs from Democratic Party, NRM, as well as Independent MPs.
Shortly after, the MPs including Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa escorted him towards the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga to receive a copy of the Constitution and Parliament’s Rules of Procedure.
There was drama when Nankabirwa and some opposition legislators tussled to grab Kyagulanyi’s attention and sway him to either side.
Legislators were thrown into laughter when Opposition Deputy Chief Whip and Rukungiri Municipality MP, Roland Mugume pushed away Nankabirwa’s hands as she tried to persuade the newest legislator to her side.
After Kadaga handed over his instruments of power, the opposition MPs ushered him to their side, where he sat on the extreme left side of the second row on the opposition side. He stayed in the House for no more than 45 minutes and moved out to meet his supporters, who had earlier escorted him in hundreds as they cheered him.
“I feel like a great responsibility has been put on my shoulders. I want Ugandans to know that this is a responsibility for all of us. Together we can push the agenda. I feel like the ghetto has finally stepped in Parliament and Parliament is never going to be the same again,” Kyagulanyi said.
He revealed that with reports on the lifting of the age limit, he would focus on defending and protecting the Constitution and it would be his major goal.
Kyagulanyi further said that even as a legislator, he will not abandon his profession as a musician.
The hashtag for the day was
— stuart (@djstui) July 11, 2017
— Katamba Mohammed (@gmkatamba) July 11, 2017
— #IamHabiibz (@HabiibzUG) June 30, 2017
Kyagulanyi’s entry into Parliament brings the number of Independent MPs to 67 up from 66 and reduces the number of FDC MPs from 36 to 35, after his predecessor, Apollo Kantinti lost in the Kyadondo East by-election last month.