KAMPALA – Celebrated award winning artist Eddy Kenzo has maintained his stand on the leaked audio note where he is heard castigating Kyadondo East legislator, Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine on a number of issues.
While addressing the media on Tuesday at FairWay Hotel in Kampala, Kenzo said he believed if Bobi Wine wants to lead this country, he has to be open to being questioned on different issues and he can’t deny people the chance.
The artist emphasised that his issues with Bobi Wine have come from way back and not just today as many would perceive it.
“I have been having misunderstandings with Bobi Wine right from when I was in fire base which even forced me to quit the group but I kept all that to myself because I respect Bobi Wine. I do not want people to listen to the recording as an interview but as a recorded phone conversation. I could not say all I said about my friend in the audio to the media,” he shared.
According to Kenzo, Kojja Omugezi who leaked the audio which different people have perceived in their own ways claimed he was sharing it with Bobi Wine so they could forge a way out for Kenzo’s grievances to be addressed.
“I am in talks with the Bobi Wine camp and we are going to sort this mess soon. For the entire time you have known me, I am not a person of wrangles and if you are keen I love saying these two phrases each time I speak, ‘Yes Man’ and ‘One Love’, he shared adding that he is a strong believer in peace, unity and freedom of speech affirming his commitment to campaign for Kyagulanyi if called upon.
“I will campaign for Bobi Wine and any other candidate who calls me to perform for them in their campaigns. I am for Ugandans and that will never change,” he said.
Kenzo also talked about life in Cote Divore where he was trapped for close to four months after the Entebbe International Airport was shut down to control the importing of new Covid-19 cases.
He thanked the different people who stood by him in what he called the most trying time he had ever encountered.
“The cost of living in Ivory Coast is very high, I used close to Ugx 200M for feeding, accommodation and treatment for the whole period I was there. Covid-19 is real and I urge you to keep following the regulations, I lost a close friend while in Ivory Coast who succumbed to this deadly disease,” he shared.
The formerly quarantined singer urged his fellow artists to become independent so that together, they can be in position to help the country.
“Let us not be partisan because we are musicians who should remain with our independent minds and bring people together. We are not supposed to sow hatred in our fans by dividing them politically. I think we should remain professional and use our God given gifts very well,” he said.
Before the country was attacked by the Covid-19 pandemic, Kenzo was organising the first ever festival in Uganda dubbed The Eddy Kenzo Festival but all this was ruined.
Upon his return from quarantine, fans were contemplating on whether the artist would stage an online show as is the trend lately to make up for the lost show but Kenzo is not about to do this.
“I would want to do the festival at Kololo because it means a lot not only to my music career but also to the upcoming generation. There is still confusion here and there with what is going on and the pandemic but let us first fight for freedom and peace to reign.”