Dembe Song: Bobi Wine calls for peaceful Transfer of Power

Popular local singer Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s new song Dembe has hit streets causing excitement among Ugandans.


Dembe, a luganda dialect song calls for peaceful elections and peaceful transfer of power.

The song comes barely 6 weeks before Ugandans go to polls to elect the president, parliamentarians and local government leaders.

Bobi Wine condemns the violence.

He notes that leaders who are supposed to stop youth from violence are leading them in promoting violence.

He argues since independence, Uganda has witnessed wars; governments take over wars and went to live through wars.

“Wama Nsaba abuvukuba tukole bwetuti Okulonda kube kwa ddembe, Ate obuyinza bukyuuke mu ddembe, Bana Uganda tubeere mu ddembe, Awo obulamu butunyumire!”

This can be translated as “I ask the youth to have a peaceful election and peaceful transfer of power. Ugandans should live in peace thereby enjoying life.”

He also refers to late South Africa president Nelson Mandela who ruled for one term and left power calling upon leaders to emulate him.

On social media, the song has been a lead topic and has earned Bobi Wine an applause.

A number of people were also peddling lies that Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) had banned the song.

UCC executive director Godfrey Mutabazi was quoted in a local newspaper today refuting claims that the song has been banned.

Social media response

“Why would UCC ban such a powerful song that condemns violence but instead appeals for peaceful elections processes for all Ugandans? In whose interest does the cowardly UCC work? Why does the UCC think that Ugandans are gullible fools who need protection from our very own prophets?” Dr. Stella Nyanzi, lecturer at Makerere University.

She added, “We listened to the song and loved it because it was an articulation of the undemocratic shit buttering our daily lives – in the name of Museveni’s governance deficits in Uganda. Unless the spineless UCC goes ahead and bans the nightmare of our daily pain caused by bad governance, this commission is just wasting government resources by banning artistic expressions of our daily lives.”

“If you want to ban a song because you think it contains a dangerous Political Message, then ban the Internet otherwise the joke is on you!” Ken Agutamba, a Uganda journalist based in Kigali.