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Potential Rift: Hilderman’s Remarks on Bobi Wine’s Criticism and the 34 Billion Saga

If any discord between Dr. Hilderman and his mentor, Bobi Wine, leads to potential conflict, it wouldn’t be surprising. Hilderman’s recent criticism directed at the acclaimed National Unity Platform (NUP) figure might lead to repercussions.

There is a strong belief within the legislative circles that Bobi Wine may have spoken out of ignorance when he criticized Eddy Kenzo over the UGX 34 billion received for the Uganda National Musicians Federation (UNMF). To mitigate potential fallout, the musician-turned-politician partially accepts responsibility, explaining that he failed to brief Bobi Wine about the ‘yellow’ cash, which was distributed to musicians through investment Saccos.

The legislator maintains that he consistently advocated for government funding, expressing satisfaction when the funds were eventually released by President Sevo. He laments not being able to advise Bobi Wine on this crucial matter, emphasizing that he was sent as a representative to promote the music industry.

In an interview with a local television station, the Shadow Minister of Arts clarified, “It’s unfortunate that I couldn’t advise the principal on such a serious issue because he sent me as his minister to represent the music industry. So, don’t blame the principal, blame Kiyanga. I am not guilty of not updating him about how the money was allocated. So the money is not for Eddy Kenzo or a particular group of people; it’s for the artists. As a Shadow Minister of Arts, I have been asking the government to invest in the industry.


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