Social media has been on fire from when Events Promoter Balaam Barugahara announced that he legally owns ‘People Power’ and prohibited politicians from using it for political purposes.
Balaam claimed that ‘People Power’ is his registered non-government organisation (NGO) aimed at supporting the elderly.
But during an interview with Watchdog on Tuesday, Bobi Wine’s next man, Nubian Li said Balaam has ‘worked hard for nothing’ because he can’t own the word ‘People Power’.
“All along we knew that government will make this move. To be sincere, we laughed when Balaam registered ‘People Power’ as an NGO because we had jokingly discussed about it time back,” Nubian revealed.
Nubian Li claimed Balaam is currently being used as a government puppet, but as ‘People Power Movement’ heads, they are not planning to drop it or the colour red because no one can claim ownership of a slogan or color.
According to the singer, the government has always put them under pressure to register ‘People Power’ because it (government) wanted to get someone to crush over that name. That’s the reason why they did not register it, he said.
Nubian Li highlighted that they derived the name People Power from a clause in Uganda’s Constitution that states ‘Power belongs to people’, and that if the Constitutions says so, who is Balaam to stop them from using it?
The slogan ‘People Power’ was first adopted by the Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine and as a political movement, it has become very popular among youth.
However, Bobi Wine has always said ‘People Power’ is not a political party, but rather a movement that advocates for power in hands of people