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Sophie Gombya Resigns As Uganda Musicians Association President For Active Politics

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By BigEyeUg Team;

It’s an end of the road for longtime musician Sophie Gombya as she steps down at her position as the Uganda Musicians Association President.

According to the statement below, Sophie has cited a straight path into active politics as the Woman Councillorship in Kampala capital City Authority which contradicts with the association’s constitution.

Sophie Gombya resigns as Uganda Musicians Association President for active politics

On the same note, she has nominated singer Ykee who also runs as the association’s Vice-president as her perfect replacement for this position.

“My untimely leaving would potentially create some difficulties, but I have confidence in the Vice President UMA Ykee Benda and our executive,” stated Sophie.

She also begged to stay for another month following her submission as this would cater for sometime to train or help in the transmission process to her replacement.

“I wish to stay for a month following this submission, and I’m happy to help in the transition process and/or assist in training my replacement via video conferencing,” she added.

Sophie Gombya

Sophie Gombya’ one-year in office as has not been a ride to heaven as it has manifested both challenges and achievements.

Some of the top achievements which include; successfully lobbying government to put in place a commission of inquiry into UPRS operations, building bridges between Kampala and upcountry musicians and registration of new members to the association.

Sophie Gombya and Ykee Benda being sworn-in as association heads in 2019

The Uganda Musicians Association initiated in April, 2019 and officially launched in May 2020 through a collaboration Ugandan artiste with sole back-up from the top names in the music industry.

It was established to protect and preserve Ugandan music while promoting unity among musicians.

Read SophieGombya’s Statement in full:

Dear …………..

Re: Resignation as President Uganda Musicians Association

Regretfully, I must submit my resignation from the position of President Uganda Musicians Association for career reasons, with a notice of one month from today. The Association’s constitution doesn’t permit us to practice politics, and I have decided to run for Woman Councillorship in Kampala capital City authority. (LC5 woman Councillor kcca)

I have had a wonderful time at Uganda Musicians Association and will miss working with the executive and my fellow musicians with whom we had become a family and have had such a warm professional relationship. I’m proud of the work we’ve done under my leadership especially, breaking all the chains between the Kampala and upcountry musicians.

I wish to thank you,

The Executive committee,

My fellow musicians,

Our advisory board members,

The right honorable Speaker of Parliament

Honorable Nakiwala Kiyinji

Major general Elly Kayanja,

our patron Hon. Mike Mukula .

Thank you for your support and mentorship.

My untimely leaving would potentially create some difficulties, but I have confidence in the Vice President UMA Ykee Benda and our executive. I wish to stay for a month following this submission, and I’m happy to help in the transition process and/or assist in training my replacement via video conferencing. Please accept my sincere apologies and help in the transition.

I will be handing over office to the Vice President of the Association Ykee Benda to his satisfaction, as required in the policy guidelines of Uganda Musicians Association.

Upon my leave taking, please feel free to contact me at my personal email ..(sophiegombya@gmail.com )or via my phone lines which will remain open

Thank you again

Sincerely,

Sophie Gombya.

The Achievements-Challenges-Recommendations & Way Forward.

Achievements

1.We have successfully lobbied government to put in place a commission of inquiry into UPRS operations.

2.We have built bridges between Kampala and upcountry musicians.

3. The registration of new members to the association.

4. We have maintained the image of the association by avoiding diversionary engagements and partnerships with opportunities and politicians

5. We have created a good relationship with most of the media Platforms/Houses.

6. We have been of help to some member who have had health or any other form of challenge.

Challenges

1. The financial constraints have hindered most of the Association’s activities and operations.

2. There’s a lot of Bickering among members of the association.

3. Some members have diverted from the primary goals and objectives of the association and started chasing after personal benefits.

4. There’s no center of information which has made some members keep communicating to the public seemingly on behalf of the association, and that has some how dented the image of the association.

5. Some members’ contributions are so much and only in the WhatsApp group(where they argue, opposes and discourage good tabled ideas)than practical/profitable actions.

6. Politics is almost taking over the association and some members mix their political affiliations ,interests and feelings with the objectives of the association.

7. The lack of a proper Government policy on enforcing the Copyright and formalizing the Music fraternity is still a big challenging factor.

8. Up to now the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social development is not so much of help in as far as capacity building and empowerment of the creative artists and brands are concerned.

9. A lot is still lacking regarding the relationship between UPRS and the Music stake holders about their loyalties/revenues collections for their creative works.

12. The Corona /COVID-19 is a pending blow to the creative arts and Music fraternity in particular.

Recommendations & Way Forward

1. The President/Head and the committee of the association should be protected respected (as per the constitution of the association)by members and the advisors to the committee.

2. Should look for proper ways/avenues to soliciting funds to support the work and activities/operations of the Association.

3. The Public Relations desk/person/s should do their work with due diligence in order to avoid misinforming publics and other stakeholders.

4. Should continue to lobby government to put in place a commission of inquiry into UPRS operations.

5. Should continue to lobby government for policies that can build the capacity and empower the creative arts and the Music fraternity in particular.

6. The committee members should study and understand their roles, obligations and stick to only that!

7. Any member with any queries on the committee operations or the president in particular should always formally put it in write than verbal argumentative approaches.

8. The President, committee and all members should stick to the constitution, objectives and interests of the Association than their individual goals.

9. The Association be for all Musicians across the country.

10. The Association shouldn’t be in anyway whatsoever be affiliated to any Religion ,Culture or political party!

11. Any member of the association should always submit their proposals and opinions in writing and all should be in line with the Constitution if the association.

12. The Welfare and disaster/crisis management team should put in place and facilitated(to address the issues and challenges faced by the members from time to time).

13. The association should forge a way forward for the entire Music fraternity especially during this continuing covid -19 crisis which put all Music events in hold and its where most stake holders earn revenues.

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY

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We appreciate your outstanding commitment at the associations and we wish you all the best.

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Rema and Hamza show-off with fancy Iddi day celebrations, see photos

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Songstress Rema Namakula together with her newly married husband Dr. Hamza Sebunya are yet again an item grinding social media and becoming the main talk around town.

This follows Rema storming social media with conspicuous photos together with her husband, Hamza on Iddi Day, the photos which have since hit-hard to their tormentors.

The pics have also sent her ex-lover, Eddy Kenzo’s fans babbling with criticizing comments.

It has been Rema’s efforts and dream of having a relationship so good this far, that everyone is jealous of it.

The ‘Clear’ singer also believes that if you want a relationship that looks and feels like the most amazing thing on earth, you need to treat it like it is the most amazing thing on earth.

The lovely couple is closing-in to a one-year marriage anniversary since their glamorous ‘Kwanjula’ ceremony in November, 2019.

Rema and Hamza haven’t had a child yet together but their marriage is really fascinating and prove its their wish to have one and when.

Rema’s actions, words, music are undoubtedly provocative to her baby papa, Eddy Kenzo ever since they broke-up before she hooked herself a new man of her dreams, Hamza Sebunya.

See photos;

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Radio City’s Miss Deadan joins Sanyu FM

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By BigEyeUG Writer

Following the sacking of Sanyu FM employees in June over a salary-cut protest, new workers were recruited including the celebrated actress and radio personality Diana Deedan Muyira also known as Miss Deedan.

This was confirmed to us by Sanyu FM and Deedan. She even went ahead to post about it on Social. The talented MC said that she was excited to start her new journey in another home which is Sanyu FM.

In addition to that, Miss Deedan thanked Radio City her molding her into the presenter she is right now.

“I cannot believe the daughter of Radio city is now old enough to leave home and start her journey in a new home, Radio city molded me into this presenter, I will forever be grateful! Sanyu FM thank you for welcoming me” She tweeted.

Miss Deedan will be hosting “The Breakfast club” alongside Salvado and Yvonne every weekday from 6am -10am starting this Monday the 3rd of August.

Deedan was born in Kenya and moved to Uganda to work and she has been active in the media industry since 2013. She She featured in the famous movie “Beneath the lies” as Tracy Kintu which put more light to her fame. She has been doing “the jam” an afternoon show on radio city from 3-7pm.She received a lot of congratulatory messages from her fans and friends upon her new journey. We also wish you the best Miss Deedan.!

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Victor Kamenyo in fresh trouble with landlady

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Musician Victor Kamenyo is no stranger to controversy. He is now in fresh trouble with his landlady according to our snoops.


The luga flow artiste is said to have abandoned his pad and run away without paying his landlady any coin. His landlady says that she had been understanding and patient with him and was therefore surprised that he had run away.

“Kamenyo nakwewunyisiza nyo Okuva munyumba yange nga tonsibude, ngankugumikiriza corona yoona sikunyeze, ongamba nti njakuleeta otudde wansi nentula wansi nga nange nenkukiliza ngamanyi tosobola kunimba, naye kinewunyisiza nyo nti enyumba ogyononye, ogenze tonsibudde” the landlady lamented to our snoops.

His neighbors informed us that Kamenyo with the help of other four boys used a Toyota Noah vehicle to pack his property and run away. The landlady has promised to involve the police and make sure she gets to the conclusion of this.

This comes just days after the rapper throw in the towel for the Rubaga North MP competitions which he had promised to take part in.

We will keep you posted.

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Meet The New Singing Duo The Executives ready to take on the music scene by storm

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The Executives is a Ugandan male singing Duo consisting of a 29 year old Hustle King born Paul Owor and Kirunda Derrick aka Hustle Chief.

The duo is signed to Gifted Music Group which is also owned by Paul Owor. Having tried out artist management which was also a successful venture, managing a couple of sold out artists like Allan Toniks, Latinum, Ziza Bafana and Sheena Skies among others, the two have now decided to trake the matters in their own hands by hitting the studio to record music

Earlier today they released their first single Tonjagala and officially kick started their musical journey and this is one of the many they are yet to release.

Tonjagala was recorded and produced by legendary singer, songwriter and Producer Daddy Andre who also features on the same track

According to the Duo, the video of the song is already underway and will be out by next week latest.

Here is the Audio listen to it



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