The Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) together with the Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) has launched a campaign song titled ‘I choose peace’ aimed at advocating for a peaceful election period.
The essence of the campaign is to create public awareness on the relevance of observing peaceful elections in the forth coming 2021 polls.
Speaking to the press at Kati Kati Restaurant today December 10, the President of the Uganda Musicians Association Tugume Wycliff aka Ykee Benda said that everyone has a right to choose whoever they want in the coming elections and as such, the difference in political affiliations shouldn’t be an issue.
“These are just political parties but as you vote, you must not forget who you are. I personally choose peace. Remember you can go far alone but you can go to the end together,” he said.
The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) country director Frank Rusa noted that the ‘I choose Peace’ campaign is a campaign for everybody.
“If individuals decide to choose peace then we can have peace, we saw so many people die in the primary elections, this should not be so. The job of creating a peaceful environment for elections is everyone’s duty so we are going to choose peace,” he said.
Rusa added: “I would like to congratulate musicians and politicians for leaving their jobs and deciding to join the campaign.”
The General Secretary UMA, Phina Mugerwa Masanyalaze, noted that musicians are the best influencers because music moves faster than anything else.
“When it comes to sensitization, we are the best. For the first time, musicians are considered a useful association,” she said.
Masanyalaze further urged youths to reduce on the election excitement because their lives are exposed to danger.
“Mind you, all these politicians have security so they are always protected but what do you have? We should opt for peace in the campaign period and also the election process,” she added.
The Deputy Secretary General Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Harold Kaija noted that musicians paint the whole story through music.
“People are dying of COVID-19 because there is no oxygen and yet nothing is done. I want to thank musicians for consoling us through music. Musicians must help us tell the political class what is happening in the country,” he said.
Uganda’s youngest female rapper Nanyanzi Faith aka Felister Di Superstar noted that violence leaves the young generation homeless.
“I want to appeal to the public to stop the riots. We the children are the ones suffering, our parents die in these riots and leave us homeless and police should also observe peace as they execute their duties,” she said.
IPOD, partnered with UMA, NIMD, the secretariat of IPOD and Fireworks Advertising agency to launch the ‘I choose peace’ (Londa Dembe) campaign theme song.