Thursday July 31 2014

Singer wants to meet Museveni over pay for song

Mr Bosmic Otim entertains guests at a

Mr Bosmic Otim entertains guests at a gathering in Gulu recently. Phot by Cissy Makumbi 

By Monitor team

Gulu- Eight years ago he composed a song popularising President Museveni during the 2006 campaign in northern Uganda.

But to date, Mr Bosmic Otim, a musician based in northern Uganda, is still demanding for Shs200 million which he claims was payment for the ‘Mzee Wakazi’ song.

Mr Otim alleges that in 2006, he was approached by Brig Charles Otema Awany to compose a song that highlights Mr Museveni’s achievements in the region, where NRM party had little support at the time.

“Before composing the song, I requested for Shs200 million and Brig Awany with other NRM cadres agreed to pay me that amount. However, the only money I was given was Shs500,000 to facilitate recording of the song,” Mr Otim said recently.

But the NRM administrator in Gulu District, Mr Peter Okello Ocao, said if Mr Otim signed any contract with NRM to compose Mzee Wakazi song, then he should produce it so that his payment is processed.

“As NRM, we appreciate Mr Otim’s efforts, but since he was contacted by some group of people to compose the song, they are the ones responsible for his payment,” Mr Ocao said.

Mr Otim said, his efforts to meet Mr Museveni pertaining his payment over the years have been hampered by the NRM leaders in the region, adding that others have told him not to dare.

Compiled by Cissy Makumbi, Martin Odong & Julius Ocungi