KAMPALA – Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine and his Mityana Municipality counterpart Francis Zaake have recorded a song about fiscal policy following public criticism about the musician’s limited knowledge about the subject.
The song, which also features artiste Nubian Lee and Sir Dan Magic, is aimed at breaking down the concept of Fiscal policy to the common man.
The introduction has him saying, “So now we bring the fiscal to the disco and break it down for the common man dem…’
And in the verses he sings: “If I was given an opportunity to change how my people live, the condition, the oppression, the high taxes… that would be my fiscal policy… I wonder why the poverty is so high…reduce the prices, raise the salaries… that would be my fiscal policy .”
While appearing on NTV’s political talk show, On The Spot, last Thursday, Bobi Wine, who has since declared intention to stand for president, was asked by host Patrick Kamara, on what fiscal policy he would employ to curb the country’s high inflation rate in case he is voted President of Uganda.
However, his response was not convincing to the viewers.
Bobi Wine on Friday launched an impassioned defence of the television appearance, saying no amount of criticism will bring him down.
Quoting the words of Theodore Roosevelt, Bobi Wine, who has since declared that he will stand for president in 2021, lashed out at the intellectual class whom he said jump at criticising but lack the nerve to fight what he called a dictatorship in the country.
“I dedicate this quote to a section of our intellectual class; ‘It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
“Ultimately, we have some work cut out for us. If we do not want to rise to the occasion and save our nation, let us be slow in criticising those who are sacrificing everything, including potentially their life, to do that work. We can guide and advise, without beating them down,” he added.