Robert Sentamu Kyagulanyi says he will continue to use music as a strong tool for communication even as he heads to Parliament to represent Kyadondo East Constituency.
Popularly known to his fans as Bobi Wine, the 35-year-old musician secured a landslide in the Kyadondo East by-election, beating four other candidates including two former legislators.
Kyagulanyi who contested as an Independent candidate got 25,659 votes while his closet rival, the ruling NRM party candidate Sitenda Ssebalu polled 4,556. Apollo Kantinti, who won the seat in 2016 before court nullified his election over lection malpractice, polled 1,832. Other candidates were Muwada Nkunyingi who got 575 and Male Kayongo Sowedi who managed only 377 votes.
Now Kyagulanyi plans to continue his music saying leadership needs talent and music is his talent. He says music is a universal language which has brought people together but also used to communicate issues affecting local people such poverty and disease.
Kyagulanyi says that just like he has done with music, he will use politics to bring the people of Uganda together. He says his victory is for a new idea of leadership focused on the people for their own interest.
Kyagulanyi says his music, always focusing on social justice, will complement his role in Parliament.
Kyagulanyi sends a message to those who, as he put it, stereotype musicians thinking they will not perform at the highest political stage. He says as a youth who grew up in the slum he is better placed to represent poor people because he understands their needs.