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How Greedy Men Are Failing Kabaka Radio And TV: We Are Paid Peanuts And It Comes Late, The Bosses Are Running Away With Sacks – Zambali Departure From BBS TV To Nbs Exposes Rot At Bulange

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L-R: Joe Kigozi, Joyce Bagala, Kin Kariisa, Zambali and Ismail Sembatya

Buganda Kingdom owned television BBS TV board of Directors are receiving frequent and constant phone calls from Buganda chiefs asking them why their favorite news anchor Zambali Bulasio Mukasa left. 

Sources at the Masengere house-based BBS TV have told The Grapevine that clan heads in Buganda, county chiefs and Buganda kingdom ministers were not happy with Zambali’s departure from the kingdom’s TV to Kin Kariisa’s NBS TV because he was a very big brand who inspired young Baganda to work for their king.

“I was surprised to see the way people were concerned over Zambali’s departure, even the kingdom ministers wanted an explanation from the board,” our credible source revealed.

When asked why the so called Zambali supporters don’t put to task the Chief Executive officer of the television to explain, because he is responsible for the day to day running of the television instead of running to the board, the source said that most of the top Buganda ministers feel the CEO has no powers, and the board members are the real people running the show.

 A senior reporter at BBS TV revealed to this website that when NBS TV approached Zambali, he first talked to his senior friends at CBS radio and BBS for advice.

“I advised my man to go and look for greener pastures, you know here we enjoy prestige that we are working for the king and always see him whenever he comes to office but we are poorly paid. People out there think that we are highly paid which is wrong, we sometimes even spend three months without pay even though they pay after some time,” a very senior journalist at BBS TV told the Grapevine.

He further told us that many workers at BBS TV are frustrated because while they are receiving peanuts, which come late sometimes, their bosses are walking away with bags of money.

The senior journalist gave Zambali as an example saying CBS radio is dying from the inside because of mismanagement from some top bosses.

“All Zambali’s friends told him that if he refuses the NBS offer, he will die poor and miserable like sports presenter and musician Mark Augustine Makumbi and Mukiibi  Serunjogi died, or suffer humiliation like CBS sports commentator Yusuf Baliruno. Baliruno recently suffered humiliation during his illness at Kiruddu hospital when his employers first failed to offer him any medical assistance until his matter became the talk of town,” the source added.

Zambali after being unveiled at NBS TV

When Ono Bwino newspaper, a Luganda weekly paper ran Baliruno’s story and confession showing how CBS and Mengo establishment neglected him at the time when he needed them most, he was bitterly blasted by his bosses asking him why he ran to the media that he was not helped.

Sources told the Grapevine that it’s against such background and advice from friends that Zambali decided to tender in his resignation letter to his bosses at Masengere.

Our sources further told us that the BBS management tried to convince Zambali in vain. “It was a very hard time for Zambali because he was promised a salary increment, they even promised to pay him on time and a promotion but the man had already made up his mind after meeting with Joel Kigonzi, NBS TV’s chief strategist,” the source added.

At NBS TV, Zambali faces an uphill task of out competing NTV’s new recruit Sandra Nakiwala (from UBC TV).  According to viewership data from Ipsos and other sources, NTV’s Akawungezi news bulletin at 7:00pm beats NBS’s Amasengejje (also at the same time) and Kaliisa has been scratching his head for someone who can favorably compete with NTV’s winning team of Faridah Nakazibwe, Solomon Kaweesa and Walusimbi Frank.

We now wait to see if NTV team that has been boosted with the addition of Sandra Nakiwala will beat NBS TV’s Zambali, Joyce Bagala and Ismail Sembatya.

By Jamil Lutakome

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I Won’t Apologise To Kenzo – Sheikh Muzaata Vows

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Renown Muslim cleric Sheikh Nuuhu Muzaata Batte has vowed not to apologize to Kenzo.

During his address to residents of Kawempe Division today afternoon where he was even awarded, Muzaata said he has fought many wars in Uganda so Kenzo won’t make him regret at any point and he won’t apologize.

“You people, I can’t apologize, this is  a small thing  and it can’t affect me at any point,” Muzaata said .

He said Kenzo is doing whatever he is doing to gain fame and popularity in the public. “Some people are looking for popularity by attacking me but I won’t apologise to them,”Muzaata insisted.

However, Kenzo also insisted that he won’t stop until Muzaata apologises. He even promised to become a bad boy if sheikh muzata fails to apologise to him.

In a post on his Facebook page, Muzaata said, “I was told Mr. Muzaata while on one of the Radio stations last evening said he can’t apologize. I’m not sure of this but, if it’s true then Nsigaza kusiwuka mpisa, nve mu Edrisah Musuuza aka Eddy Kenzo the sweetheart of Uganda Golden boy to the biggest problem of Uganda that’s my next move. Kyona kyenzizako temunenya abanvuma muvume but that won’t change anything. Bana Uganda munvumidde ebanga ddene yesawa kiikome oba kufa n’akiriza kanfe naye sigenda kukirizajogo, kati lutalo, war

Allahu-Akbar. Kama mbaya ni mbaya.”

By Josephine Kauma

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If You Think There Is No Peace In Uganda Go And Start Farming Somalia – Bebe Cool Stings Mayinja

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Bebe Cool (L) and Ronald Mayinja (R)

Musician Moses Ssali alias Bebe Cool has given a warning to fellow musician cum politician Ronald Mayinja that he will regret joking with the boundless peace and stability brought by the NRM government led by President Museveni.

In an interview with the Grapevine, Bebe Cool reminded Ronald Mayinja to think of where he came from and appreciate the conducive environment that president Museveni has created instead of attacking him in his songs.

While performing at Serena hotel on Friday last week, during Catherine Kusasira’s ‘Tears Of a Woman’ concert, Ronald Mayinja, who is a good and close friend to Kusasira performed his song titled ‘BIZEEMU’ criticizing the president, who was also in the audience and warning him that the insecurity that took him to the bush is now happening again meaning that nothing has changed nothing.

This provoked the president who decided to answer Mayinja at the very concert saying that they fought for peace which is prevailing, freedom which all Ugandans are enjoying and Mayinja was only distorting information in his music.

Bebe Cool says, “I want answer those ignorant musicians who have turned into politicians whenever I get a chance. They are just excited to get votes but they can do nothing. I am telling you this, no one is going to win among those musicians who have run into politics, Ugandans are not fools , most of them have no books and those with books performed poorly.”

Bebe cool added that these politicians are painting a picture that the president decides on everything that happens in the country which is not true.

“These ignorant boys and girls should know that the president has always told parliament to amend the law but they have refused, told the judiciary not to grant bail to murderers but they refused, the president knows very well that those are the people who are killing the security and peace of this country,” Bebe said.

The ‘wasibukawa’ hitmaker also disclosed that during Mayinja’s conversation with President Museveni at Serena, he asked the president to give him a lorry to carry his band items claiming that Bebe Cool and Kusasira always talk for themselves and forget other artistes.

“If you think there is no security in the county , go and do farming in Somalia, but remember the president himself is also providing security there. In your song you are talking about corruption and bad roads but first examine where you came from and remember, the same roads you are using to travel to do your concerts were built by the president. I didn’t want to go into your life but the president has managed to construct hospitals which have helped to fight HIV/AIDs and other killer diseases in Ugandan,” Bebe said.

By Mbowa Nathan

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Nambooze Attacks Kusasira: You Bangled Up A Stolen Song

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Mukono Municipality Member Of Parliament (MP)Betty Nambooze Bakireke has attacked musician Catherine Kusasira over her recent ‘tears of a woman’ concert at Serena Hotel.

In a letter on her social media page, Nambooze blames Kusasira for failing to represent the tears of the Ugandan women and wasting a great opportunity.

“Tears of women by Kusasira needed a more composed singer who is nonpartisan but somebody who wants to bring out a voice for the women,” Nambooze said.

Nambooze said, “to Catherine Kusasira this must have been her attempt to rebrand…Moving away from funny love songs to venture into the world of using her music for advocacy and maybe sing some English. Am not one of those who were decampaigning Kusasira ‘s concert for we must teach ourselves not to persecute people we don’t agree with politically. We should be different from the junta that stops concerts by opposition Musicians.

In the song video Kusasira places her big bum before a piano and tries playing out lyrics of the song entitled “Tears of a woman”. Advocacy is one of the great things Musicians can ever engage in,it’s not our usual Music, it’s sang for the World and this is what Kusasira tried to put her hands on.”

She adds, “Yet the launch at Serena,fell far below that…in the end the message was lost and a great opportunity was wasted. Tears of women by Kusasira needed a more composed singer who is non partisan but somebody who wants to bring out a voice for the women.

Kusasira was singing about Domestic violence that target women as victims, she was singing against torture BUT maybe because she just bought that song from a composer who wanted money, Kusasira and her Chief guest Mr.Musevèñi forgot about the crusade and sank themselves in the petty beefing and vindictive politics that now characterise our Music and Politics in Uganda.

I am tempted to think that Kùsàsira’s song was drawn through perjury of Oleta Adam’s Tears of Fear a renowned song that calls on the World to free women from the bondage of Chains. So, I waited for Mr. Museveni to address this matter but he didn’t, instead he praised himself for having “ushered in peace which sees many Ugandans happy ” as exemplified by the audience at Kusasira’s show.”

Nambooze adds, “According to the latest Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) of 2011, 56% of women from age 15 to 29 years have experienced physical violence and 28 percent of women have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime. That means that more than half of Ugandan women have been abused at home, at school, or at work.

Sexual violence, especially against girls, is equally widespread with 77.7% of the primary school children and 82% of the secondary school students experiencing sexual abuse while at school.

The attacks differ: 8% of girls are subjected to defilement, 24% are spoken to in a sexual way, 18% receive marriage proposals, and 25% are fondled/touched in a sexual manner while 29% are made to watch sexual scenes (pornography). Of the female students sampled, 67% of reported to have been sexually abused by a male teacher.

Prevalence of child marriage in Uganda is 40 %. Prevalence of child marriages is highest in northern Uganda estimated at 59%, followed by Western region (58%), Eastern region (52%), East-central (52%), West Nile (50%), Central (41%), Southwest (37%), and lowest in Kampala (21%).

The estimated prevalence of FGM/C among girls and women between 15-49 years of age is 1.4%. Up to 134,000 women are affected.”

“Up to 25 percent of adolescents aged 15-19 have begun childbearing and 19% of women aged 15-19 years have given birth. Adolescent childbearing is more common in rural than in urban areas (27% versus 19% respectively).

These are the tears that Government must wipe off women faces of course plus other things that have made the lives of Ugandans miserable. This was also the right moment for Museveni to tell us about how far he has gone with the provision of free sanitary pads for school girls,…he forgot or he doesn’t have anything to tell the women; his government has let them down,” she notes.

Nambooze says that, “The song which Kusasira domesticated runs:

Lyrics

You better love loving and you better behave

You better love loving and you better behave

Woman in Chains

Woman in Chains

Calls her man the Great White Hope

Says she’s fine, she’ll always cope

Woman in Chains

Woman in Chains

Well I feel lying and waiting is a poor man’s deal

And I feel hopelessly weighed down by your eyes of steel

It’s a world gone crazy

Keeps Woman in Chains

Trades her soul as skin and bones

Sells the only thing she owns

Woman in Chains

Woman in Chains

Men of Stone

Men of Stone

Well I feel deep in your heart there are wounds Time can’t heal

And I feel somebody somewhere is trying to breathe

Well you know what I mean

It’s a world gone crazy

Keeps Woman in Chains

It’s under my skin but out of my hands

I’ll tear it apart but I won’t understand

I will not accept the Greatness of Man

It’s a world gone crazy

Keeps Woman in Chains

So Free Her

So Free Her

By Grapevine Reporters

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