TRENDING | Controversial retired bishop Zac Niringiye has slammed fellow religious leaders who have come out to condemn MP Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, for his new song, “Tuliyambala Engule.”
“When I first listened to this song, it struck chords within my faith and longing for a new Uganda. I have been surprised at pastors who have recently distanced themselves from the song, because of its political message,” Niringiye said.
Several religious leaders, with the latest being Pastor Joseph Sserwadda of Victory Christian Church in Ndeba have come out to condemn Bobi Wine over the new revolutionary song, which they claim belongs to the church and should not be used in a “blasphemous” manner.
“Go and warn the Member of Parliament who is using the song. Tell him don’t use God’s property. Tell him to stop using God’s property in blasphemous situations like this one,” Pastor Sserwadda said.
He warned that Bobi Wine might lose support if he continues to use God’s property in blasphemous situations.
Pastor Martin Ssempa of Makerere Community Church was the first to accuse Bobi Wine of turning what he called “God’s song” into a political song. He further claimed that Bobi Wine identifies himself in the song as a future messiah who replaces Jesus Christ, something the vocal anti-gay pastor claims is irreligious.
But Niringiye wondered what the pastors would say about Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, whose progress was anchored in Christian songs, with a clear message of hope for freedom and dignity. (And I bet they sometimes refer to Martin Luther King Jr in their sermons).
“Their hope was inspired by faith and their songs everywhere, propelled them in their journey to freedom from slavery and oppression. Take the music away from the civil rights struggle in America, and I don’t know what you will be left with,” Bishop Niringiye said.
He said that when pastors deny the efficacy of faith-inspired music, they undermine their credibility and the role that faith must play in fighting for a Uganda that is free of oppression.
Pastor Male recently came out to condemn pastor Ssempa, saying his criticism of Bobi Wine’s song Tuliyambale Engule was based on selfish intentions.
Bobi Wine’s revolutionary song has caused a storm in the country with gospel musician and Pastor of Light the World Ministries, Nansana Wilson Bugembe coming out to explain his participation in the song.
“Dear fellow Ugandans, I have seen numerous comments about my ideology about the Tuliyambala Engule song… My role in the song was very simple. I represented all sides be it People Power, NRM, FDC, DP but most of all Ugandans,” he said.
“The song does not represent any particular group. The message is very simple but it is you listeners who perceive it the way you wish. I take this opportunity to ask all Ugandans not to drag my name in mud especially those who prefer to twist a good message in a wrong way,” Pastor Bugembe added.
Bugembe says he did not take time to listen to the song before he was asked by his ‘friend’ Bobi Wine to feature in it, adding that he never knew the song’s message was political.