Balaam denies registering ‘People Power’ symbols

Tuesday January 29 2019

Mr Balaam Barugahara

Mr Balaam Barugahara, the proprietor of Balam Promotions, a marketing and promotions agency, has distanced himself from reports that he registered ‘People Power’ word, slogans, symbols and colours, which would bars other people from using them.

‘People Power’ is a rising political movement that brings together various political activists, politicians and civic players that campaign for a change in Uganda’s political leadership.

The movement has mainly been popularised by artist cum politician, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.  

Some media outlets reported on Tuesday that Mr Barugahara had registered a non-profit organisation that would exclusively use the word, symbols, colours and slogans of ‘People Power’.

‘People Power’ crusaders mainly wear red attires while Mr Kyagulanyi, who represents Kyaddondo East in Parliament, used a clock as a symbol for his campaign.

However, through Muwema & Co. Advocates, the music promoter denied the reports and demanded an apology from a one Andy Mukasa of Bajjo Events Limited, who allegedly circulated the reports on his Facebook page.


“The above allegations are not only false but they have also provoked hate campaign on social media laden with abuse and insults against our client, the notice of intention to sue, reads in part.

It reads: “For the record, our client has never registered the words or name ‘People Power’ and has no intention of registering these words at all”.

The notice instructs Mr Mukasa to retract the said post from his Facebook page and render an unconditional apology to Mr Barugahara on the same social media platform.

“Thirdly, that you pay our client within 5 days damages now estimated at Shs1 billion for the offensive data publication together with Shs50 billion being our legal fees,” the notice signed by Mr Fred Muwema, reads.

It’s copied to police and other security agencies in Uganda.